Rashid Caviness-Bey Sentenced to 27 Years for Osman Al-Akbar Murder

Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced Rashid Caviness-Bey Friday to 27 years in prison in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Osman Al-Akbar. Al-Akbar’s mother, Abdul Al-Akbar, spoke at the sentencing hearing and said that her son’s death occurred four months before he was set to graduate from the Building for the Future Academy. His goals, … Read more →

Caviness-Bey Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Killing of Osman Al-Akbar

A jury found Rashid Caviness-Bey guilty Monday of second-degree murder in connection with the 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Osman Al-Akbar. Jurors deliberated for two days before announcing their verdict around 4:20 p.m. Monday. Caviness-Bey was charged with first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder; second-degree murder is a lesser charge. He was also found guilty … Read more →

Closing Arguments Heard in Rashid Caviness-Bey Murder Trial

Prosecutors in the murder trial of Rashid Caviness-Bey say that Osman Al-Akbar’s death was the result of a robbery gone awry, which Caviness-Bey and two others planned together. Defense attorneys say, though, that Caviness-Bey had nothing to do with the attempted robbery, and that his presence near the crime scene on the morning of the … Read more →

Teen, not Rashid Caviness-Bey, Guilty in Death of Osman Al-Akbar, Attorney says at Opening of Trial

As detectives tell it, when then-19-year-old Rashid Caviness-Bey was waiting for police to interview him about the shooting death of Osman Al-Akbar, a shooting detectives believed he was involved in, Caviness-Bey yelled out to a teen one room over. “Cop to that junt,” Caviness-Bey yelled out to the 15-year-old, encouraging the younger suspect to take … Read more →

Charges Dismissed in Case Against Malachi Hargrove

All charges against Malachi Hargrove, who had been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the armed robbery and murder of Osman Al-Akbar, have been dropped. Hargrove was released from custody on Nov. 16. He had turned himself into police in April. Two other men who were arrested shortly after the killing, which took … Read more →

Men Indicted in Columbia Heights Shooting Plead Innocent to Robbery, Murder Charges

Two DC men accused of robbing and shooting down Osman Al-Akbar near Meridian Hill Park in Aug. 2011 have each pleaded innocent to the charges against them. Rashid Caviness-Bey and Malachi Hargrove, were indicted by the Grand Jury earlier this month on charges of armed robbery, first-degree murder, and felony murder, in addition to weapons … Read more →

Juvenile Murder Suspect Told Authorities he was Responsible for Columbia Heights Killing

A juvenile murder suspect has told the government that he, not Rashid Caviness-Bey, shot and killed 19-year-old Osman Al-Akbar near Meridian Hill Park in August. According to a discovery letter filed at DC Superior Court in January, the juvenile told authorities that he and Caviness-Bey separated while walking down University Place the night Al-Akbar was … Read more →

Rashid Caviness-Bey held on Felony Murder Charge in Death of Teen Osman Al-Akbar

The shooting death of 19-year-old Osman Al-Akbar in Columbia Heights was a robbery “gone bad,” according to the government’s evidence, but the defense attorney for one of the teens accused in the murder doesn’t buy that. True, when Al-Akbar’s body was found in Columbia Heights on Aug. 17, he was without his wallet, but a … Read more →

Charge Changed to First-Degree Murder in Columbia Heights Slaying

The second-degree murder charge against teen Rashid Caviness-Bey was amended Thursday, just one day before Caviness-Bey was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing. Caviness-Bey is now suspected of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Osman Al-Akbar on Aug. 17. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today (Friday). Read more →

Juvenile Suspect in Columbia Heights Killing Held

A 15-year-old DC boy suspected in the shooting death of Osman Al-Akbar was ordered held today by a juvenile court judge following a preliminary hearing in the case. A trial date of Sept. 29 was set, court officials said. The boy has not been identified because he is charged as a juvenile. Another teen, 19-year-old … Read more →

MPD Evidence Shows Columbia Heights Murder Suspects Each Asking the Other to “Cop” to the Crime

The detectives had left, but videotapes and audiotapes were still rolling. And so when the two teens suspected in the shooting death of Osman Al-Akbar on Wednesday started yelling to each other through the wall dividing their interrogation rooms, MPD caught the whole conversation. “A nigga ain’t gonna beat it, somebody gotta cop,” yelled out … Read more →

Two Teens Arrested in Columbia Heights Killing of Osman Al-Akbar Wednesday

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Osman Al-Akbar in Columbia Heights early Wednesday morning. MPD said in a press release that Al-Akbar was shot and killed in the 2600 block of University Place, N.W sometime before 1:39 a.m. Wednesday. Two suspects were stopped by officers shortly after the shooting. … Read more →

Rashid Caviness-Bey

  • Arrested: Aug. 17, 2011
  • Age: 20
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Convicted by jury in the Aug. 17, 2011 death of Osman Al-Akbar.