Saturday, December 31, 2011

Homicide Watch D.C. Tracks Every Murder in Our Nation’s Capital

[Thanks to reader-researcher "W" for sending this along.]


Homicide Watch D.C.

Mark every death. Remember every victim. Follow every case.

Derrick Ragland
Dec. 19, 2011


Kevin Blackwell Jr.
Dec. 17, 2011


Delvon Javis Shearin
Dec. 10, 2011


Stephon Emmanuel Way
Dec. 10, 2011


Elaine Coleman
Dec. 4, 2011


Steven Curtis Moore
Dec. 3, 2011


Jhonte Coleman
Nov. 27, 2011


Stephen Deon Barnes Arrested in Connection with Fatal Shooting at NE DC Gas Station

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 10:47 p.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

In the fifth homicide arrest in two days, Stephen Deon Barnes was arrested today in connection with the fatal shooting of Stephon Emmanuel Way.

Barnes, a 22-year-old Northwest DC man, is suspected of first degree murder while armed.

Way, 24, was shot at a gas station in Northeast DC on Dec. 10. A juvenile girl was also shot but survived.
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Filed under: Stephen Barnes, Stephon Emmanuel Way

Terry Terrell Johnson Arrested in Shooting Death of Andre Wiggins

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 9:22 p.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

Terry Terrell Johnson, a 22-year-old Southeast DC man, has been arrested on suspicion of first degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Andre Wiggins.

Wiggins, 19, was killed on Oct. 26.

MPD announced Johnson's arrest Wednesday night. It was the fourth arrest made in a homicide case in approximately 31 hours. Three suspects: Anthony Speight, Andrew Williams and Harold Proctor were arrested Tuesday and appeared in court Wednesday. The cases are all unrelated.

Johnson is likely to appear in court Thursday.
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Filed under: Andre Wiggins, Terry Johnson

Andrew Williams Held in Playground Shooting of Junon Snead

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 9:12 p.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

A playground shooting that killed Junon Snead in May was captured on surveillance video from a nearby apartment building.

That video was used, in part, by detectives to arrest Andrew Williams on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed Tuesday. Williams appeared in court Wednesday to be presented with the charge. He was ordered held pending a preliminary hearing.
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Filed under: Andrew Williams, Junon Tyree Snead

Fatal Robbery Recorded on 911 Call is Among Evidence in Case Against Md. Teen

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 6:21 p.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

The call came in to a 911 center in Maryland:

"Stab this n**** up."
"Work his pockets."
"Give me your phone."
"Come up off that North Face cuz."
"Get in the f***ing car… C'mon before the police show up."
"Nah son, I'm bout to stab this n*** up."

When police arrived, Kevin Blackwell Jr. was found stabbed in the chest, the victim of an apparent robbery. He died later that night.
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Filed under: Harold Proctor, Kevin Blackwell Jr.

More Men, Family Violence, in Domestic Violence Homicides this Year

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 5 p.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

Domestic violence experts in DC watched homicide reports closely this year, culling the details of every case to determine whether murder victims were also domestic violence victims.

Too often they have been, said Amy Loudermilk, a senior policy specialist with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV).

Of 108 reported homicides this year, 13 victims have been killed in domestic violence attacks, according to records kept by the DCCADV and DC SAFE. Twelve domestic violence homicides were reported in all of last year, in comparison. Though the increase is slight, domestic violence experts are worried.

"It's just alarming to me," Loudermilk said. "We are not exactly sure what's going on."
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Filed under: Year in Review

Robbery Attempt at Center of Bill Mitchell's Truxton Circle Shooting Death

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 3:45 p.m. by Laura Amico | 2 Comments

A $20 robbery may have been the cause of Bill Mitchell's shooting death in Truxton Circle last January.

That's according to charging documents made public today just before Anthony Speight, the man prosecutors say killed Mitchell, was presented with a charge of first degree murder while armed.
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Filed under: Anthony Speight, William Mitchell

Hunger Strike, Spies, Iranian "Hits": A Look Back from Georgetown Patch at the DC Murder that Made International Headlines

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 3 p.m. by Shaun Courtney | Leave a Comment

Albrecht Muth, 47, who claims to be an officially unofficial agent of the Iraqi military, will spend the new year at DC Jail, where he is on a hunger strike and awaiting indictment in Georgetown's first murder in five years.

Muth is suspected in the August 2011 strangling death of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath, a German-born journalist known for entertaining high-ranking US officials— including Supreme Court justices— in her home.
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Homicides 2011: The Year in Charts

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 10:05 a.m. by Chris Amico | Leave a Comment

From Homicide Watch DC's databases, the year in homicide, visualized:
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The Year in Comments

Posted Dec. 28, 2011, 9:21 a.m. by Laura Amico | Leave a Comment

Family, friends and neighborhoods of homicide victims and suspects opened up their hearts and minds on Homicide Watch throughout the year. In their comments were words of grief, wisdom, loss and comfort. They helped all of us better understand the true human impact of violent crime and the humanity present in the most tragic of circumstances.

As 2011 closes we look back on some of the comments of the year.
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Anthony Speight Arrested in January Death of Bill Mitchell in Truxton Circle

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, 6:44 p.m. by Chris Amico | 2 Comments

Police today announced the arrest of 23-year-old Anthony Speight in the January shooting death of Bill Mitchell near North Capitol Street and Florida Avenue NW.

Speight, who has no fixed address, is being held on suspicion of first degree murder while armed.

A statement from MPD is below:
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Filed under: Anthony Speight, William Mitchell

Special Coverage: 2011 Year in Review

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Not An Ordinary Murder: Brian Scott's Death One Year Later · 7 hours ago

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What is Homicide Watch D.C.?

Homicide Watch is a community-driven reporting project covering every murder in the District of Columbia. Using original reporting, court documents, social media, and the help of victims' and suspects' friends, family, neighbors and others, we cover every homicide from crime to conviction.
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Media Silence Screams ‘Hispanic Gang Hit’ in Dallas-Fort Worth Area Killing of Mother and Son



Mother and son killed in Lancaster shooting
by Cynthia Vega and Rebecca Lopez
Posted on December 21, 2011 at 6:23 P.M.
Updated yesterday at 7:31 A.M.
Double shooting in Lancaster

LANCASTER — Christmas decorations cover the outside of the small house on Rea Avenue in Lancaster.

But just a few days before the holiday, family members are consoling one other.

Early Wednesday morning, two members of that family were shot and killed.

Police said around 6:30 a.m., a group of men drove up to the home.

"The two adult males who live in the location were heading off to work in the driveway," said Lancaster police spokesman Officer Paul Beck. "The persons pulled behind them and took them by gunpoint."

Shortly after that, a second group of suspects entered the house and fatally shot a 61-year-old woman and her 26-year-old son.

A 19-year-old woman and her four-month-old baby were also inside the home. She called 911.

Police aren't saying what the motive is, but added there are suspicious circumstances and that the family was targeted.

"This is isolated, a one-time call out here," Beck said. "This is a quiet neighborhood. Nothing ever really happens out here. This is just an isolated incident."

Investigators said the two men who were kidnapped were eventually released and are cooperating to provide information about the suspects.


P.S. Have you ever seen less information about a major crime committed by pros involving two sets of perpetrators and two sets of vicitms? A planned kidnapping and double-murder rate only 191 words?!

[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this catch.]

Beverly Hope Melton’s Killer Had Already Stalked Another Woman That Day

Case Draws Attention to Need for White Women to be Armed



A surveillance camera shot of murder victim

Beverly Hope Melton from the convenience

store where she first crossed paths with her




[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:


"Still Another 'Random' Killing: The Beverly Hope Melton Case"]


By Nicholas Stix


It appears that Nickolas Jermaine Miller was looking for a white woman for Christmas. On Christmas Day, he'd been fired from his job, his girlfriend had thrown him out of the house, and he wanted to give himself something. Something soft and cute and female and white.


He had hunted another woman that morning, following her as far north as the North Carolina line, before turning off. Now, he was at it again.


He first crossed paths with Mrs. Melton around noon in "Jack's," a Main Street convenience store in little Jefferson, in South Carolina's Chesterfield County. The store was two miles away from Mrs. Melton's grandmother's house. It was Mrs. Melton's day off from managing a store, and she was on her way to visit her grandmother.


When she drove off, after filling up her tank, Miller followed her in his vehicle. She saw him following her, and made a frightened call to her grandmother, and told her what was going on.


That call was abruptly cut off. My guess is that at that moment, Nickolas Jermaine Miller rammed Mrs. Melton's car off the road, and into a ditch. He then kidnapped her, forcing her to get in his vehicle. He drove to a secluded spot nearby, and raped her. He then drove her to a field in Kershaw County, where he beat her to death with a baseball bat.


Just after 1 p.m., Mrs. Melton's grandmother called relatives, who found the woman's deserted car in a ditch on the side of the road, in reverse gear. It was already too late.







Sheriff: Another woman stalked

Death penalty may be sought in Kershaw/Chesterfield case

By John Monk

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The State



The man whom Kershaw and Chesterfield County authorities are charging with murder, kidnapping and rape in the brutal beating death of a 30-year-old woman likely followed another woman earlier that day, officials said Wednesday.

Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker confirmed the incident and said his deputies are gathering more information. He said he didn't have enough details yet to elaborate.



Hope and Gary Melton had just been married

for one year



Also Wednesday, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he has talked with an assistant prosecutor in the 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office about possibly seeking the death penalty against the 23-year-old suspect, Nickolas Jermaine Miller of Jefferson. But a spokeswoman for Solicitor Dan Johnson said no final decision has been made.




A picture of murder victim Beverly Hope Melton taken by her sister, Chandra

Garces, on Christmas Day, the day before she was murdered



Miller is charged in Monday's slaying of Beverly Hope Melton of Kershaw. The victim was abducted from her car in broad daylight, sexually assaulted and beaten to death with a baseball bat. The suspect later confessed after leading authorities to her body later that night in a remote field in Kershaw County, officials said. It appears the two did not know each other. Miller remained in the Kershaw County jail Wednesday. The suspect and Melton were at the same convenience store around noon Monday on Main Street in Jefferson, a small Chesterfield County town, said Sheriff Parker.


Earlier reports said Miller was harassing Melton, but surveillance tapes didn't show the two having words, Parker said Wednesday.


Parker also gave more details about the sequence of events that led to Miller's arrest. Monday was Melton's day off from the convenience store where she worked in the town of McBee. Late that morning, Melton was driving from her home in the town of Kershaw to her grandmother's house in the White Oak community of Chesterfield County, about 13 miles northeast of Jefferson. Around noon, Melton stopped at Jack's convenience store in Jefferson to get gas.


Shortly afterward — an exact time wasn't available — Miller called her grandmother, saying she was being followed by a man in a car and was afraid. The phone conversation ended abruptly. Alarmed, her grandmother told family members, and they got into cars to look for Melton. They found her empty Chrysler PT cruiser on the side of the road, about three miles from her grandmother's house. About 1:15 p.m., Melton's grandmother called Chesterfield deputies to tell them about the empty car. She also told them that Melton usually stopped at Jack's to gas up.


A deputy who went to Jack's and checked surveillance tapes recognized Miller.

"He was not a suspect at that time," Parker said. "We thought he might have some information about Melton."A deputy located Miller, who agreed to go to Jefferson Town Hall for an interview. After being unwilling to say much for about an hour, Miller then agreed to talk with Parker.



Confessed rapist-murderer Nickolas Jermaine




After 5 p.m. — hours after the victim was abducted — Miller told the sheriff what happened, Parker said. He then led authorities to the body. Miller gave videotaped and written confessions after the body was found, Parker said.


Chesterfield County authorities called in Kershaw deputies because that is where the body was and where officers believe the killing took place.


It might not have been easy to prove murder once the body had been left outside for a long time, Parker said.


"That's coyote country," Parker said. "If he hadn't led us to the body, it could have been days — weeks — before we found it."


The apparent random killing has residents on edge.


Matthews posted on the Kershaw County Sheriff's Facebook page Tuesday — the day the killing was announced — information about a free concealed-weapons permit class to be offered by two detectives.


"The class filled in about seven minutes," Matthews said.


Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344.

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[Thanks to my legman, David in TN, for this story.]