I was wrong,” Johnnie Sweet Says at Sentencing for Latisha Frazier Death

Before Latisha Frazier was killed, she and the defendants charged with her death were friends. They hung out, and she brought them McDonald’s. But that was before Frazier was kidnapped. Punched. Stomped. Taped up. Gagged. Choked. And killed. On Thursday, one of those friends, Johnnie Sweet, was sentenced for his role in the attack. His … Read more →

Jury Convicts Johnnie Sweet of First-Degree Murder, Kidnapping in Latisha Frazier Death

Johnnie Sweet turned down a government plea offer he found less than favorable because he said he didn’t play the lead role in Latisha Frazier’s brutal 2010 death. A jury, however, disagreed. After deliberating for about five hours, the jury found Sweet guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, first-degree premeditated murder and tampering with physical evidence … Read more →

Jury Deliberations Begin in Murder Trial Against Johnnie Sweet

By the prosecutor’s estimation, the death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier is not a “who done it.” “By the defendant’s own words, he is guilty, guilty, guilty,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Melinda Williams said in closing arguments Monday. That defendant, Johnnie Sweet, is accused of taking part in a brutal “peer pressure” fueled beating. A beating in … Read more →

Men Accused in Latisha Frazier Murder to be Tried Separately; Mental Exam Ordered for One of Them

Two men accused in the murder of Latisha Frazier will be tried separately, after Judge William Jackson agreed to sever their cases yesterday. Johnnie Sweets and Brian Gaither are charged with first-degree murder in connection with Frazier’s death. They are also charged with felony murder and “aggravating circumstances.” Those circumstances are that Frazier’s death was … Read more →

Brian Gaither, Johnnie Sweets Reject Plea Offer in Latisha Frazier Murder Case

Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweets have rejected plea offers from the government that would cap their potential sentences at 38 years for the murder of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier. The two, now 24 and 18 years old respectively, are charged with first-degree murder in the case. If convicted, Judge William Jackson said, they could be sentenced … Read more →

Frazier Case Continued to May

The cases against Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweets, man accused of murdering missing woman Latisha Frazier, have been continued. D.C. Superior Court Judge W. Jackson ordered the case against Brian Gaither continued until May 11. Gaither and Sweets are charged with second-degree murder in the August 2010 beating death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier. Frazier’s mother … Read more →

Gaither, Sweet, Plead Innocent in Latisha Frazier Murder; Trial Set for Nov. 2012

Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweet each pleaded innocent today to first degree and felony murder and kidnapping in the death of Latisha Frazier in Aug. 2010. If convicted, they face life sentences without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor Chris Kavanaugh said there are no plea discussions in the cases. Judge William Jackson set a trial … Read more →

Brian Gaither, Johnnie Sweet Indicted on First Degree Murder in Death of Latisha Frazier

Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweet have been indicted on charges related to the death of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier, the US Attorney’s Office announced this afternoon. Gaither, 23, and Sweet, 18, are due in court tomorrow. The indictment charges each man with first degree felony murder, first degree premeditated murder, and “aggravating circumstances.” Those circumstances are … Read more →

Only Two Defendants Remain in Latisha Frazier Murder Case

Of the six people arrested on suspicion of killing D.C. teenager Latisha Frazier, the US Attorney’s Office has only two open cases against those suspects remaining. That news follows on the heels of a guilty plea made by one of those co-defendants Friday. In a three week period last winter, Brian Gaither, Johnnie Sweet, Aneka … Read more →

Guilty Plea to Second Degree Murder in Latisha Frazier Death

Nineteen-year-old Cinthya Proctor pleaded guilty this morning to participating in the killing of Latisha Frazier last August. According to the details of the plea agreement, Proctor could be sentenced to life in prison. Proctor is, at this time, the only defendant to plead guilty to the crime. Anneka Nelson, Johnnie Sweet, Brian Gaither and Laurence … Read more →

Grand Jury Could Take Full 9 Months to Indict Latisha Frazier Case

Signaling that the Grand Jury could take the full nine months allotted by law to indict the Latisha Frazier murder case, Judge William Jackson set the next hearing date for the case for Oct. 21. The date is one day before the nine-month deadline to indict the case against Brian Gaither, the first of six … Read more →

Attorney Wants Search for Latisha Frazier's Body

An attorney for Brian Gaither, suspected of first-degree murder in the death of Latisha Frazier, is seeking to compel authorities to search for Frazier’s body, believed to be in a Richmond landfill. Eugene Ohm, representing Gaither at a felony status conference Friday morning, said physical evidence contained on Frazier’s remains could determine whether his client … Read more →

Suspects in brutal murder of Latisha Frazier waive right to preliminary hearing

Family and friends of Latisha Frazier filled a D.C. court room on Feb. 11, many wearing T-shirts with photos of the victim and her daughter. Although they were prepared for an emotional preliminary hearing for the five people charged with Frazier’s slaying, they were spared another long day in court and a rehashing of the … Read more →

Latisha Frazier

By all accounts so far, Latisha Frazier’s last hours were brutal. Accused of stealing from a neighborhood friend, the 18-year-old mother was beaten, stomped, bound, taped, gagged, prodded and choked. Her head was covered with a sheet. She was tossed into a closet. When she finally died, her body was moved from room to room … Read more →

Charging Documents in Cases against Anneka Nelson and Cinthya Proctor

Anneka Nelson and Cinthya Proctor were charged yesterday in the brutal beating death of missing D.C. woman Latisha Frazier. Charging documents in their cases follow the jump. Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweet have also been charged in the case. Charging documents in Gaither’s case are here and in Sweet’s case here. A fifth defendant, Laurence … Read more →

Charging Documents Detail Death of Missing D.C. Woman Latisha Frazier

Three teens were charged today in the death of missing D.C. woman Latisha Frazier and ABC7 is reporting that another, and final, arrest was made in the case this afternoon. Johnnie Sweet, Anneka Nelson and Cinthya Proctor appeared in D.C. Superior Court this afternoon. A fourth defendant, Brian Gaither, was charged Jan. 24. The name … Read more →

Total of four arrests now in Latisha Frazier Homicide Case

As reported last night, Metro PD has arrested two more teens in the death of Latisha Frazier, bringing the total number of people arrested so far to four. The defendants in the case are: Anneka Nelson, 16, Cinthya Proctor, 18, Johnnie Sweet, 17, and Brian Gaither, 18. Sweet and Nelson are being charged as adults. … Read more →

Second arrest made in homicide of Latisha Frazier

This just in from Metro PD: February 1, 2011 Second Arrest Made in the Homicide of Missing Person Latisha Frazier ( Washington, DC) — Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced today that a second suspect has been arrested in the homicide of Latisha Frazier. On August 4, 2010, 18-year-old Latisha Frazier of … Read more →

Johnnie Sweet

  • Arrested: Feb. 1, 2011
  • Age: 19
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Convicted by jury in the Aug. 2, 2010 death of Latisha Frazier.