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CRIME & JUSTICE

Friday, April 22, 2005; Page B02

THE DISTRICT

Murder Conviction An aspiring model was convicted yesterday of first-degree premeditated murder while armed in connection with the 2002 slaying of the owner of a downtown modeling agency, authorities said.

A D.C. Superior Court jury found that Markus D. Johnson, 22, attacked Michael J. Myers, 47, on March 17, 2002, with tools and items that Myers kept at the office of Washington Models Inc., in the 1100 block of 13th Street NW. A defense attorney contended that Johnson was defending himself because Myers was angry that Johnson rebuffed his sexual advances. Prosecutors said Johnson was frustrated by his failure to get modeling jobs.

He is to be sentenced July 21.

Bootleg DVDs D.C. police raided a bootleg DVD manufacturing operation inside a Northeast Washington warehouse and recovered more than 24,000 illegal movies, including some that have not been officially released, officials said yesterday.

Titles such as the remake of "The Amityville Horror" were among those found when officers served a search warrant Wednesday in the 1200 block of Fourth Street NE. Authorities arrested Qiyao Yuan, 42, and four employees and charged them with deceptive labeling, police said.

MARYLAND

Home Invasions Montgomery County police are investigating whether two home invasion robberies yesterday afternoon are related, officials said. Unspecified property was taken in each incident, but no one was injured.

About 4:30 p.m., a gunman forced his way into a home in the 12800 block of Esworthy Road in the North Potomac area after a woman refused to open the door, police said. A second man stood outside during the robbery, police said.

More than an hour later, two gunmen followed a man and woman into their home in the 500 block of Longwood Drive in the Rockville area, then tied the pair up. The victims later freed themselves and called police.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.


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