Police arrest one man in connection with D.C. homicide, his statement implicates two others

June 15, 2012

A suspect in the shooting death of a man found last year in a burning car in Capitol Heights told D.C. police of two accomplices, one who pulled the trigger and another who helped dispose of the body, according to court documents.

Antwain Henderson, 34, of Capitol Heights was found dead early in the morning of Aug. 31. On Thursday, D.C. police arrested Sean Donnelle Hawkins, 37, and charged him with second-degree murder in the case.

Hawkins, 37, of Waldorf told investigators that one man shot Henderson in the head, according to police charging documents, and that the second got a tow truck to take Henderson’s car — with the body in it — to Maryland from Northeast Washington.

Neither man was named in the charging documents, which say that both men are known to law enforcement and call them “co-defendants.”

On Friday, a D.C. police spokeswoman declined to identify or describe the men or to say whether authorities were still seeking them, citing an ongoing investigation.

According to the charging documents, Hawkins told police that Henderson and the shooter argued before the shooter pulled out a gun and fired, hitting Henderson in the head. Hawkins told police that he took a handgun from Henderson’s waist after he fell to the ground.

Hawkins and the two men took the body into a residence in the 5800 block of Field Place NE while police, responding to the sound of gunfire, searched the area, Hawkins told police.

Hawkins said he helped clean up the area, put Henderson’s body in trash bags and carry him to his car. The other men then towed Henderson’s car to Maryland, according to Hawkins’s allegations.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. Aug. 31, firefighters in Prince George’s county found the burning car with Henderson in the trunk. The medical examiner later ruled the cause of his death to be a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

Police reported that Henderson’s body was badly burned and that the car was so damaged that it was impossible to tell what type of vehicle it was — beyond a “standard” sedan-type.

On Friday, Hawkins was ordered held without bond until a hearing next month, according to online D.C. Superior Court records.

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