Suspect arrested in beating death of Northwest Washington man

December 26, 2013

District police on Thursday arrested a man suspected in the beating death in September of a 24-year-old in the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, according to authorities.

Paul Jefferies, 20, of Northwest, was charged with second-degree murder while armed. Police said members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspect on Thursday. He could make an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Friday.

Jeffries is charged with killing Awele Olisemeka, of Northwest. Police said the victim was found unconscious about 6:10 p.m. on Sept. 14 in the 900 block of Madison Street NW. Police said he had suffered multiple skull fractures and died two days later at a hospital. The medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide.

Police did not provide information regarding a motive. More details are expected to emerge when the suspect appears in court and documents detailing the case are made public.

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