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Sidebar to Part 2: Wards of the D.C. DYRS
Here are some of the other wards of the District of Columbia’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services facing homicide charges:
Emmanuel Johnson, 19
Emmanuel Johnson was picked up in February 2009 and charged with gun possession. As a condition of his release, the 19-year-old was placed under curfew and confined to his home under the direct supervision of his mother and his grandmother.
An additional condition of release, handwritten on his agreement with the court under a heading called “stay away,” were the words: “no guns or illegal drugs.” The agreement was signed April 15.
Less than six months later, in the early morning hours of Oct. 30, police responded to the 1100 block of 48th Street Northeast for the sound of gunshots. They found Deuante Ray, 20, fatally shot with bullet wounds in his head and chest. His pants pockets had been turned out and all personal items except a Metro flash card had been taken.
Charging documents say a witness told police they saw someone fitting Johnson’s description flee the killing scene on a bicycle, along with a person nicknamed “Fatman.” Another witness heard Fatman asking around whether Ray, nicknamed “Trick,” had taken his “pack” of drugs.
Still another witness said they heard Johnson say, “We killed ‘Trick,’ he stole from us.”
An additional witness reported to police they had observed Johnson in possession of a 9 mm handgun in the weeks before the killing.
Police arrested Johnson on Nov. 17. He faces trial in June.
Jovon Clay, 17
Authorities say Jovon Clay confessed his involvement in the fatal shooting in August of Southeast resident Michael Wilson.
Police responded about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 to 4220 South Capitol Street SE, where they found Wilson’s body on the ground about 5 feet from his apartment door with a trail of blood leading back into his residence.
Officers found another man about a block away with a gunshot wound to his head. That man recovered from his injury and officers said in charging documents he told them he was Clay’s cousin and he had been visiting him.
Clay, 17 at the time of the killing, told police a number of inconsistent stories before admitting that he, the man who said he was his cousin and another person whose presence police were not able to verify, went to Wilson’s apartment carrying whatClay described as a “big black gun.” Clay told police the three needed money and they decided to rob “the weed man,” court papers say.
The youth said that in the course of the robbery, 47-year-old Wilson looked as if he might “attack” him, andClay dropped the gun. It fired, hitting the man who said he was Clay’s cousin. Clay told police that man picked up the gun and fired the fatal shot, according to court papers.
Police arrested Clay on an outstanding juvenile custody warrant, meaning he had absconded from custody. Police said Clay was also involved in an assault with intent to rob that occurred in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road in Southeast on Aug. 19 - three days before Wilson was robbed and killed.
His trial has not been scheduled.
Torian Adams, 18
It was about 2 1/2 hours past midnight on June 27. Torian Adams had turned 18 years old the previous day. He was hanging out with another 18-year-old, Nathan Headspeth, at 17th and Euclid streets in Northwest, long known as a gang hot spot. He wore a fitted Atlanta Braves baseball cap, white Nike Air Force sneakers, a dark blue shirt and tight jeans.
According to court papers, when 20-year-old Victor Mba-Jonas Jr. of Laurel, Md., and a companion walked onto the block, they were subtly challenged.
Either Adams or Headspeth simply said: “What’s up with y’all?”
Mba-Jones’ companion would tell police that Adams and Headspeth followed them. And Adams had a gun in his left hand. He said that Adams raised it and aimed at them.
Multiple shots were fired, and Mba-Jones was hit. He spent nearly a month in the hospital before he died.
Surveillance cameras caught footage of Adams and Headspeth before and after the murder but not the shooting itself. A search of Adams’ home turned up suitcases containing dark clothes and the distinctive sneakers and Braves cap he was wearing in the camera footage. The outfit also matched a description provided by Mba-Jones companion.
Seventeen days before the killing, police had Adams in custody. Officers responded to a call about an armed man four blocks from the location where Mba-Jones would be shot - the same block where Adams’ mother had lived since 1984.
Adams fled on a bicycle. They caught him and arrested him for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
His trial for Mba-Jones’ killing has not been scheduled.
Jefferey Britt, 17
It began at a funeral.
Jeffrey Britt attended a service in November for a boy named Ashton Hunter, a DYRS ward fatally shot in Southeast Washington on Halloween. At the Capitol Mortuary in Northeast, he saw 21-year-old George Rawlings, who was thought by some attending the service to have been involved in Hunter’s killing.
“I should kill that nigga!” Britt is quoted in court papers as saying.
Britt and a 19-year-old named DeAngelo Edwards followed Rawlings out of the mortuary to a bus stop at 1400 H Street Northeast, police say.
Court papers say Edwards said to Britt, “Let me see it,” referring to a handgun police say Britt was carrying.
When Rawlings attempted to get on the bus, authorities say, the men opened fire and he collapsed on the steps in the well of the Metro bus.
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