Malicious Burning” Plea in Delonte Butler Murder

Phillip Crooms today pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, robbery and “malicious burning” in connection to the death of Delonte Butler in Sept. 2010.

According a proffer of evidence read in court Friday, prosecutors believe that Butler was shot by a rifle while inside of a vehicle by Croom’s co-defendant, Joseph Spinks. Immediately following the shooting, the car collided with a tree. Crooms, who was charged with felony murder, was not suspected of taking part in the shooting. Charging documents alleged that Crooms handed Spinks a bottle of rubbing alcohol in order to light the car on fire and destroy evidence of the shooting.
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Defense Begins Fight Against Raymond Roseboro’s Murder Charge

In opening statements, Raymond Roseboro‘s defense attorney argued that his client could not have killed 16-year-old Prince Okorie because he was scheduled to meet with a career councilor at the same time Okorie was shot to death in Petworth.

But that counselor testified today that he was running late that day and did not meet with Roseboro until later in the evening.
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Betrayal” Led to Jamal Wilson’s Death, Prosecutors Allege

After three days of motions hearings and jury selection the first-degree murder trial of Kwan Kearney and Jeremy Risper got underway Thursday morning,

Prosecutor David Sayboldt told jurors in opening statements that Kearney, Risper, and the victim, Jamal Wilson, were all friends, but that arguments about testifying in a trial had broken their group up.
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Ellsworth Colbert Held in Stabbing Death of Robert Wright

Judge Frederick Sullivan found probable cause today in the case against Ellsworth Colbert, a 56-year-old Southeast DC man suspected of fatally stabbing his 37-year-old neighbor earlier this month.

Sullivan also ruled that Colbert should be held while the grand jury investigates the case.

We’re talking about murder here,” he said. “We’re talking about someone dead.”
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Witnesses in Prince Okorie’s Shooting Death Take Stand in Raymond Roseboro Trial

Two people who witnessed Prince Okorie‘s shooting death in Petworth testified Wednesday in the murder case against Raymond Roseboro, who is charged with first-degree murder while armed as well as felony murder in connection with Okorie’s death.

The trial began Wednesday morning with opening statements.

Okorie died on the sidewalk Nov. 30, 2010 near the corner of 8th Street and Delafield Pl. Northwest after being shot at about 4:30 pm.

Stephen Gripkey, the prosecutor in the case, contends Roseboro shot Okorie in the back of the head and in the face at close range while the two walked to a nearby store with two other friends on the afternoon of November 30.

But Roseboro’s attorney, James Rudasill, argues that Roseboro could not have shot Okorie, who he knew, because he was home being interviewed for a job training program.
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Jury Selected in “First and O” Case

Twelve jurors and two alternates were selected today to hear the case against Kwan Kearney and Jermey Risper, charged with killing Jamal Wilson.

Judge Thomas Motley is expected to hear opening arguments tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Prosecutors say the three men were members of the “First and Oak O” crew.  An overview of the case can be found here.

3-20-12: A correction has been made to this story. The crew associated with the case is known as “First and O,” not “First and Oak” as initially reported.

Jury Will Not Hear Motive in Murder Trial Connected to Neil Godleski Case

This morning a jury heard opening arguments in the trial of Raymond Roseboro, the 21-year-old accused of shooting 16-year-old Prince Okorie in November 2010.

Roseboro is accused of first-degree murder while armed as well as felony murder in connection with Okorie’s death.
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More Mental Evaluations for Albrecht Muth (Links Roundup)

Further mental health evaluations were ordered Wednesday for Albrecht Muth, a Georgetown man accused of first-degree murder in the death of his elderly wife, Viola Drath.

Muth, who was expected to be arraigned on the charge Wednesday, may be unfit to stand trial according to a report by the D.C. Department of Mental Health.
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Jury Selected in Raymond Roseboro Case

A jury was selected today in the trial of Raymond Roseboro, the 21-year-old accused of shooting 16-year-old Prince Okorie in November 2010.
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Jonathan Fullard Held on Child Cruelty, Murder Charges Connected to Death of Toddler Keyontae Moore

The 28-year-old Southeast DC man suspected of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 20-month-old son was ordered held today after his attorney declined to rebut claims that the man was a danger to the community.

The suspect, Jonathan Fullard, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon shackled and wearing a jail-issued orange jumpsuit. A source close to the case said Fullard was already in custody on other charges when MPD charged him with the death of toddler Keyontae Moore.
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