Pr. George's Man Charged in NW Shooting Death

By Martin Weil and Elissa Silverman
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 15, 2008

A 30-year-old Prince George's County man was arrested yesterday and charged in a killing in Northwest Washington that was one of three slayings in three days in a one-mile radius.

Allen Butler of Largo was charged with first-degree murder in Thursday's fatal shooting of Franklin W. Johnson, 37, D.C. police said. Johnson was shot in a house in the 600 block of Kenyon Street NW. A child was shot and wounded in the house in the same incident, police said.

Inspector Rodney Parks, head of the police homicide unit, said the arrest was "another example of the hard work and dedication" of the unit's detectives.

Police said Butler was picked up by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, which often deals with cases that cross jurisdictional lines.

On Wednesday, a man was fatally shot in the Adams Morgan area, and a 14-year-old youth was fatally stabbed Friday near 14th and Newton streets NW.

Parks said last night that there had been no new developments in those cases.

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