Md. man charged with manslaughter in Northeast D.C. slaying

July 11

D.C. police have arrested a 20-year-old Maryland man in connection with a fatal attack that occurred Sunday night in Northeast Washington’s Trinidad neighborhood, according to authorities.

Frank Lee Blanding, of District Heights, was charged with involuntary manslaughter following his arrest Thursday. Police also identified the victim as Benjamin Jennings, 57, of no fixed address. Police said Jennings died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The incident occurred about 10 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Bladensburg Road NE. Jennings died at a hospital Monday. Court documents say that a witness told police he saw a man get out of a green Dodge Caravan and strike the victim in the face, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement. The witness gave police a partial license plate number, the documents say.

Another witness told police that the victim had asked the driver of the vehicle for money, was told no, and then asked a passenger. Told no a second time, court documents say the victim shouted a string of profanities and was then attacked.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.
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