2 Arrests Made in Separate Decade-Old Deaths

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 28, 2009

Two men were arrested last week in homicide cases that go back 10 years, D.C. police said. One case involved a woman whose body has never been found.

The woman, Yolanda Baker, 35, of the 400 block of 44th Street NE, was reported missing Aug. 4, 1999. Police said they investigated for a year but did not find her remains. She was declared legally dead in February.

The U.S. attorney's office and "cold case" detectives began a new investigation that involved interviews and forensic testing, and Terrence Barnett, 44, the father of Baker's twin children, was arrested Tuesday, police said. Barnett, of Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, was charged with second-degree murder.

"No body" murder prosecutions are difficult; it was reported last year that only two such trials had ever been held in the District.

In the other case, police said Lawrence Davis, 45, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth Singleton, 32. Singleton was found stabbed in her home in the 1700 block of A Street SE in March 1999, they said.

Police said Davis, for whom no address was given, was her estranged husband. An investigation begun last year incorporated DNA evidence, police said.

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