Local digest: Man fatally shot in Northeast; suspects in toddlers’ deaths to be tested

January 24
THE DISTRICT
Man is fatally shot at Kenilworth apartment

A man was fatally shot Friday morning in an apartment complex in the Kenilworth section of Northeast Washington, according to D.C. police.

The shooting occurred about 9:40 a.m. in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE, just off the Anacostia Freeway near the Maryland border. Authorities said the victim was found inside an apartment building. He was not immediately identified.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Mental tests ordered for slaying suspects

A Montgomery County judge on Friday ordered mental health evaluations for two women accused of killing two toddlers in what police said was an attempt at an exorcism. Monifa Sanford, 21, will be seen at the Montgomery County jail, where she is currently being held without bond. Zakieya Avery, 28, who is also jailed on no bond, already received such an evaluation and was ordered to get a more extensive examination at a state facility in Jessup.

Police allege that on Jan. 17, inside Avery’s townhouse in Germantown, the women became convinced that Avery’s youngest child, a 1-year-old boy, was possessed by demons. They attacked him with a knife, prosecutors allege. At some point, believing the demons were jumping to Avery’s three other children, the women went after them as well, according to authorities. The 1-year-old and his 2-year-old sister died; a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-boy were seriously injured.

— Dan Morse

VIRGINIA
Alexandria fire chief taking post with state

Alexandria Fire Chief Adam K. Thiel will leave his job next month to accept an appointment by Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) as Virginia’s deputy secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security, Alexandria announced Friday.

Thiel became the city’s fire chief in 2007. During his tenure, the department opened two fire stations, replaced the city’s front-line fleet of fire and EMS units, and found funding for a new fireboat. The department also increased staffing for key units.

Thiel also served as the city’s operations section chief for several presidentially declared disasters.

— Patricia Sullivan

Man is charged with slaying neighbor

A Woodbridge man has been charged with murdering a neighbor in November, Prince William County police said.

James Willie Bethea, 47, of the 3400 block of Caledonia Circle was arrested Thursday in connection with the slaying of 78-year-old Charlie Duncan Adkins, police said. Police found Adkins dead inside his Caledonia Circle home Nov. 12.

Police said Bethea was an acquaintance of Adkins.

— Justin Jouvenal

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