Preliminary Hearing for Kevin Benbow Postponed for the Seventh Time

The preliminary hearing of Kevin Benbow, 17-year-old suspected in the November 2010 shooting death of Jinnell McQueen, was cut short today in D.C. Superior Court after a private conversation between Judge William Jackson and the attorneys handling the case.
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Frazier Case Continued to May

The cases against Brian Gaither and Johnnie Sweets, man accused of murdering missing woman Latisha Frazier, have been continued.
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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 Tuesday, Chamontae Walker and Corey Yates are scheduled for a status hearing with Judge Thomas Motley. Walker and Yates are charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of Darrel Hendy. Their trial may begin March 19, depending on the health of one of the defense attorneys.

On Thursday, Curtis Patterson is expected for a status hearing with Judge Motley. Patterson is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of Angelo Jones. Patterson’s former co-defendant, Rickey Pharr, was found guilty of first-degree murder, obstruction of justice and three weapons charges last week.

Karl Pugh is also scheduled for a felony status hearing with Judge Motley Thursday. Pugh is suspected of second-degree murder in death of Quentin Joavar  Ragland. The grand jury investigation into Pugh’s role in Ragland’s death finished Feb. 24 and formal charges are expected soon.

On Friday, 18-year-old Anthony Hatton is expected for a felony status conference with Judge Motley. Hatton is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in the death of 17-year-old Tyrell Fogle. Two MPD officers witnessed the shooting that killed Fogle. A jury trial is scheduled for July 23.

Deonte Bryant and Terrance Bush are scheduled for for a felony status hearing with Judge William Jackson. Bryant and Bush are suspected of second-degree murder while armed in the death of Robert Foster Jr. in the Caribbean Festival shooting on June 25.

Jeffrey Mills is also scheduled for a felony status hearing with Judge Jackson Friday. Mills is suspected of beating Juan Antonio Paredes to death with a barbell in Columbia Heights on Jan. 14.

 Kwan Kearney is expected for a felony status hearing with Judge Motley at 11 a.m. Friday. Kearney has pleaded innocent to first-degree murder charges in the death of Jamal Demetrius Wilson. Kearney was recently convicted in the death of Joseph Alonzo Sharps Jr. and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

On Friday, Stephanie Lawson is expected for a felony status conference with Judge Beck. Lawson is suspected of second-degree murder while armed in the stabbing death of Karen Jordan. A detective said a fight over the $20 that Jordan allegedly owed Lawson led to the stabbing.

Stephen Barnes is scheduled for a preliminary hearing with Judge Motley on Friday. Barnes is suspected of first-degree murder while armed in the shooting death of Stephon Way after a confrontation at a gas station.

Please remember that court dates can change, even at the last minute. To view the docket of a case please go to the D.C. Courts website and search by the defendant’s name.


Comment of the Day: “R.I..P Ron.B”

Ahaywood5788 left the following comment on the report of a man killed Thursday night in Southeast DC:


Man Killed in SE DC Shooting

According to local news reports, a man shot Thursday night in the 5000 block of H Street Southeast has died of his injuries.

The shooting occurred at about 10:15 p.m. and was one of two shootings Thursday night. A shooting was reported in the 5000 Block of Benning Road, SE at about the same time. WUSA said the two shootings were connected. The Benning Road victim was found inside a carry-out store. The two locations are less than 200 feet apart.
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USAO on “Guilty” Verdict in Rickey Pharr Case

The US Attorney’s Office today issued the following news release about the “guilty” verdict in Rickey Pharr‘s murder trial yesterday. For more about the case see this page.

District Man Convicted of First-Degree Premeditated Murder While Armed in 2010 Slaying in Northeast Washington - Defendant Shot Victim Multiple Times in the Back -
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Guest Post: Quintin T. Perry Jr.

This guest post is from India Rice, whose brother, Quintin T. Perry Jr., was killed Dec. 25 in Oxon Hill.

Quintin T. Perry Jr.

A native Washingtonian, 23-year-old Quintin T. Perry Jr was a devoted brother, son, friend, and father. At the time of his death, Quintin was working towards a GED and a stable career in culinary as he was a very talented cook with deep roots in the culinary field.
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WJLA: South Capital Street Victims and Defendants “Friends for Years”

WJLA has this report about the second week of the South Capitol Street murder trial:

Comment of the Day: “Justice has been Served”

UPDATED with comment from Aisha Jones

Angelo Jones‘ mother, Diane Jenkins, issued the following statement today following the “guilty” verdict in the case against Rickey Pharr:

I the Mother of Angelo Jones wishes to give thanks to God, Regan Taylor, Det. Gus,The Courts, Jury, The Government, MPD,The Detectives,Medical Examiner,Gun Expert and all those who help in this case.Read more

Guilty” Verdict in Rickey Pharr Case

Rickey Pharr was found guilty today of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Angelo Jones in Northeast DC in Oct. 2010.

The jury of seven women and five men found Pharr guilty on all counts: first-degree murder, obstruction of justice, and three weapons charges.

Pharr, dressed in a sherbet green shirt, yellow tie, and brown pants for the second day of jury deliberations, looked back at his family briefly after the verdict was read. Sentencing was scheduled for April 27.

A summary of the case is here.