Guilty” Plea in NE DC Gas Station Shooting

Stephen Barnes pleaded “guilty” today to one count of second-degree murder while armed in the Dec. 2011 shooting death of Stephon Way at a Northeast DC gas station. A 16-year-old girl was also injured in that shooting.

On Friday Barnes told Judge Thomas Motley that he was carrying a .45 automatic pistol and driving a silver Ford Focus on Dec. 11. He used the gun, he said, to shoot.

I just felt disrespected,” he said. “I just blanked out and I was angry.”
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Week Ahead

Each Friday, Homicide Watch brings you a list of upcoming hearings in the cases we follow. All hearings are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. To add an item to the listing, email homicidewatchdc [at] To see scheduled court hearings beyond next week, see our calendar.

On Monday, Kwan Kearney and Jeremy Risper are scheduled to stand trial for the death of Jamal Wilson. Judge Thomas Motley is assigned to the case.

Also Monday, Raymond Roseboro is scheduled for trial for the death of Prince Okorie. Judge Ronna Beck is assigned to the case; however because she is currently hearing the South Capitol Street murder case, Roseboro’s case will likely be assigned to another judge.

On Wednesday, Albrecht Muth is scheduled to be arraigned on a first degree murder charge for the death of his wife, Viola Drath. Judge Russel Cannan is assigned to the case.

Thursday, Ellsworth Colbert is scheduled for a preliminary hearing with Judge Motley. He’s suspected of killing his neighbor, Robert Wright.

Judge Motley is also expecting Bradley Allen, Stephen Page, and James Brewer for status hearings. Brewer and Page are suspected of first-degree murder in the death of Solomon Reese; Allen is suspected of helping Brewer escape from court before being presented with the charge.

Friday, Brandon Terry is expected for a status hearing with Judge Beck. Terry is suspected in the shooting death of Jhonte Coleman outside the Heritage India nightclub in Dupont Circle.

Judge Beck is also expecting Davon Holmes, Joseph Spinks, Lester Wright, and Phillip Crooms for status hearings. Holmes is suspected of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Marcellus Terrell Bailey. Spinks is suspected of first-degree murder in the shooting and burning death of Delonte Butler; Crooms is suspected of felony murder in the same case. Wright is suspected of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Howard Harold Williams.

Judge Motley is expecting Antonio Jones for a status hearing in a second-degree murder case. Jones is suspected in the shooting death of Davon Paul Gray.

South Capitol Trial Links Roundup: Nathaniel Simms

Nathaniel Simms testified for a second day Thursday in the South Capitol Street murder case, telling the jury that he and his former co-defendants, now standing trial, shot at a group of mourners killing four and injuring six.
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Links Roundup: Man who Pleaded “Guilty” in South Capitol Street Murder Testifies

Nathaniel Dwight Simms testified yesterday in the South Capitol Street murder trial against his five former co-defendants; Simms pleaded guilty in April 2010 to five counts of second-degree murder while armed.

A links roundup of the testimony is after the jump.
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Death of DC Toddler Ruled Homicide

UPDATED Thursday, 7:27 a.m. with link.

A DC toddler has been the victim of a homicide, MPD said Wednesday evening.

In a press release the child was identified as 20-month-old Keyontae Osbia Moore of Southeast DC. Police said she he died of blunt force trauma early Monday morning.
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Courtland Milloy: “Fatal D.C. stabbing makes a case for handguns”

Washington Post Columnist Courtland Milloy argues that the stabbing that left Robert Wright dead on Sunday could have been avoided if Wright had been allowed to, and choose to, carry a gun.
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Grand Jury Indicts Albrecht Muth on “Heinous, Atrocious or Cruel” First Degree Murder

A grand jury has charged Albrecht Muth with first degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Drath, at their Georgetown home last August.

Muth, 47, has maintained his innocence in several letters to the court. He will be expected to formally enter a plea when he is arraigned on the charge March 14.
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Links Roundup: Ellsworth Colbert and Robert Wright

Ellsworth Colbert was ordered held yesterday on suspicion of second degree murder in the stabbing death of Robert Wright.

Some news reports, including this one from CBSDC/AP say that the crime occurred when the two men fought over a dog defecating on a lawn.

But WUSA reports that Colbert’s attorney says Wright threatened his client with the dog.
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Feb. Trial for Corey Yates and Chamontae Walker Delayed Until July

A scheduled trial for Corey Yates and Chamontae Walker on charges of first-degree murder has been delayed until the end of July.
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Charging documents describe fight over dog before stabbing

Ellsworth Colbert was ordered held today on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the death of Robert Wright, a man prosecutors say died in a fight about a dog.
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