Darnell Maurice Howard | Homicide Watch DChttp://homicidewatch.org/victims/darnell-maurice-howard/Latest news about Darnell Maurice Howarden-usSat, 06 Apr 2013 00:41:59 -0400Samuel Nelson Sentenced to 13 Years in Fatal Stabbing of Darnell Howardhttp://homicidewatch.org/2013/04/06/samuel-nelson-sentenced-to-13-years-in-fatal-stabbing-of-darnell-howard/<p>Judge Robert Morin sentenced <a href="http://homicidewatch.org/suspects/samuel-nelson/" >Samuel Nelson</a> to 13 years and 4 months in prison Friday for the death of his friend, <a href="http://homicidewatch.org/victims/darnell-maurice-howard/" >Darnell Howard</a>, last year.</p> <p>“I myself wish things would’ve went a different way than they did,” Nelson said. The fact that he knew their family made it more difficult, Nelson said.</p> <p>“I’ve known them for years,” Nelson said. “Before I even knew what drugs was.”<br /> <span id="more-14019"></span><br /> According to evidence in the case, Nelson was Howard was killed after he and another man robbed Nelson of about $50. When Nelson saw Howard across the street near 30th Street Southeast and Naylor Road Southeast at about 8 p.m. Oct. 2, 2012, he was upset and high on PCP.</p> <p>Armed with a butcher’s knife, he crossed the street and confronted Howard. When the argument turned physical, Nelson stabbed his friend and robber several times. Howard was pronounced dead at Washington Hospital Center 40 minutes later.</p> <p>Police found Nelson a few blocks away. At the Homicide Branch, Nelson confessed to stabbing Howard, according to court records.</p> <p>Judge Morin said it was hard to grasp how the stabbing had come about.</p> <p>He said, “I don’t know how this incident among friends escalated to the point that it did. But both families have to live with the consequences.”</p> <p>Nelson’s attorney, Dana Page, said Nelson has become a kinder, gentler person in jail, where he no longer has access to illegal drugs. He <a href="http://homicidewatch.org/2013/01/04/samuel-nelson-pleads-guilty-to-stabbing-death-of-darnell-howard/" >pleaded guilty</a> to voluntary manslaughter in January – a plea agreement that Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Dillon said accounted for Howard having robbed Nelson, and for the fact that Nelson was under the influence of drugs at the time and mistakenly thought Howard was going to harm him. Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence of 15 years for the charge.</p> <p>Still, Dillon said, “I don’t think that’s enough to simply attribute that to ‘oh, he was high on PCP.”</p> <p>Nelson sought out Howard to seek revenge, Dillon said.</p> <p>Howard’s brother, Lavon, spoke at the sentencing.</p> <p>“I’m still going through a lot right now,” he said.</p> <p>In a victim impact statement, Howard’s aunt, Anna Howard, said her nephew was “like the glue to the family.” His teenage daughter D’Aisa included a poem she wrote about his death.</p> <p>“When Samuel Nelson took Darnell Howard, he took the life of a father, a husband, a son, a brother, an uncle and a good spirited man,” Howard’s wife, Theresa, wrote. “Darnell was my best friend.”</p> <p>Sentencing documents are below:</p> <p><script src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><br /> <script> DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/681060-samuel-nelson-sentencing-documents.js", { width: 450, height: 650, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-681060-samuel-nelson-sentencing-documents" }); </script></p> <noscript> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/681060/samuel-nelson-sentencing-documents.pdf" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','download','http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/681060/samuel-nelson-sentencing-documents.pdf']);">Samuel Nelson Sentencing Documents (PDF)</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/681060/samuel-nelson-sentencing-documents.txt" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://s3.documentcloud.org']);">Samuel Nelson Sentencing Documents (Text)</a><br /> </noscript> Sam PearsonSat, 06 Apr 2013 00:41:59 -0400http://homicidewatch.org/2013/04/06/samuel-nelson-sentenced-to-13-years-in-fatal-stabbing-of-darnell-howard/Darnell Maurice HowardSamuel NelsonSamuel Nelson Pleads Guilty to Stabbing Death of Darnell Howardhttp://homicidewatch.org/2013/01/04/samuel-nelson-pleads-guilty-to-stabbing-death-of-darnell-howard/<p><a href="http://homicidewatch.org/suspects/samuel-nelson/" >Samuel Nelson</a> pled guilty today to voluntary manslaughter while armed in connection with the stabbing death of <a href="http://homicidewatch.org/victims/darnell-maurice-howard/" >Darnell Howard</a>. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 5.</p> <p>Howard, 36, died October 2, 2012, after being taken to the hospital with several stab wounds to his body.<br /> <span id="more-12284"></span><br /> According to the government's proffer of facts, Howard and another individual robbed Nelson of approximately $60 on the evening of October 1, 2012. Nelson, who was still angry about the robbery, saw Howard near the intersection of 30th Street SE and Naylor Road SE on Oct. 2 and engaged him in a verbal altercation. The altercation quickly turned physical, and during the fight, Nelson drew a butcher knife and began stabbing Howard, who was unarmed.</p> <p>After Howard fell to the ground, Nelson kicked him in the head and repeatedly stabbed him.</p> <p>Minutes after the stabbing, Nelson was stopped by Metropolitan Police two streets over from where the incident had occurred and agreed to a voluntary interview at the Homicide Branch. Nelson then waived his Miranda rights and confessed to stabbing Howard. He was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed, according to documents.</p> <p><em><br /> Charging documents and the plea agreement have been added to this post.</em></p> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><br /> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/551223-samuel-nelson-plea-and-waiver-of-trial.js", { width: 450, height: 600, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-551223-samuel-nelson-plea-and-waiver-of-trial" }); // ]]&gt;</script></p> <noscript> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551223/samuel-nelson-plea-and-waiver-of-trial.pdf" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','download','http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551223/samuel-nelson-plea-and-waiver-of-trial.pdf']);">Samuel Nelson Plea and Waiver of Trial (PDF)</a></p> <p><a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551223/samuel-nelson-plea-and-waiver-of-trial.txt" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://s3.documentcloud.org']);">Samuel Nelson Plea and Waiver of Trial (Text)</a><br /> </noscript> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="//s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/viewer/loader.js"></script><br /> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/551147-samuel-nelson-plea-documents.js", { width: 450, height: 600, sidebar: false, container: "#DV-viewer-551147-samuel-nelson-plea-documents" }); // ]]&gt;</script></p> <noscript> <a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551147/samuel-nelson-plea-documents.pdf" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','download','http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551147/samuel-nelson-plea-documents.pdf']);">Samuel Nelson Plea Documents (PDF)</a></p> <p><a href="http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/551147/samuel-nelson-plea-documents.txt" onclick="javascript:_gaq.push(['_trackEvent','outbound-article','http://s3.documentcloud.org']);">Samuel Nelson Plea Documents (Text)</a><br /> </noscript> <p><script type="text/javascript" src="http://s3.documentcloud.org/embed/loader.js"></script><br /> <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ dc.embed.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/search/embed/', { q: "document: 551222 document: 551224 document: 551225", container: "#DC-search-document-551222-document-551224-document-551225", title: "", order: "title", per_page: 12, search_bar: true, organization: 170 }); // ]]&gt;</script></p> Penny RayFri, 04 Jan 2013 16:32:42 -0500http://homicidewatch.org/2013/01/04/samuel-nelson-pleads-guilty-to-stabbing-death-of-darnell-howard/Darnell Maurice HowardSamuel Nelson