D.C. police on Tuesday arrested a man and charged him with a fatal shooting that occurred in January, 2013 on Georgia Avenue, just outside the campus of Howard University in Northwest Washington.
Antonio Hester, 30, of Northwest, was charged with first-degree murder while armed. He could make his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday. More details of the case are typically made public from court documents filed after the hearings.
Police charged Hester with shooting Tracy McFadden, 44, of Northeast, on a sidewalk in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue NW. The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
McFadden’s was the District’s third homicide of January 2013; the month ended with five slayings, a lower number, and thus a better start to the year, after coming off a year in which 88 people in the District were slain, the lowest in 51 years. But last year ended with 104 homicides, which included the 12 victims of the Navy yard shooting. There have been 37 killings so far in 2014, up from 21 at this time last year.
Police offered few details of the killing and the arrest. They said Hester was apprehended about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. Such warrants are typically unsealed at the defendant’s first court appearance.
Authorities would not discuss a motive; relatives of victim were not reached last year.
In 2000, when Hester was 16, he was charged as an adult with first-degree murder , among other charges, in a Prince George’s County case. Hester pleaded guilty to manslaughter and using a handgun in a crime of violence, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.