Malik Bilal charged in fatal stabbing after argument at construction site

A man arrested in a fatal fight that occurred Sunday in Northeast Washington is charged with stabbing a co-worker six times with a pocket-knife after an argument at a construction site, according to newly filed court documents.

Malik Bilal, 38, of Northeast, has been charged with second-degree murder while armed, and could make his first appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday. The victim has been identified as Alonzo Gregory Beasley, 52.

The stabbing occurred about 3:30 p.m. at 22nd and I streets Northeast, in Carver-Langston. It was one of several violence incidents that occurred in the District over the holiday weekend, but police said it appears to be isolated.

An affidavit for an arrest warrant filed in D.C. Superior Court says the victim and suspect had been arguing throughout the day at a construction site, and continued to shout at each other after work, while employees were awaiting pay. At one police, court documents say a witness saw Beasley was at Bilal’s white Chevrolet Silvarado truck trying to get something out of a cooler.

The witness told police Bilal shouted, “Don’t touch my truck,” according to the court documents. That led to a confrontation in the street, and the stabbing, according to police. Authorities said the suspect drove off in his truck and was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Beasley was stabbed in the neck, shoulder and chest, and died Sunday afternoon at an area hospital.

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