Four arrested in slaying of D.C. man

By Paul Duggan
Friday, November 6, 2009; 1:17 PM

Four District men were arrested on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of a Southeast Washington man last year, one of three homicide cases in which suspects were taken into custody Thursday, D.C. police said.

"These arrests demonstrate our commitment to rapidly close homicides," Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement. "These case closures send a clear message to criminals: You're not going to get away with murder in this city."

The four suspects in the year-old case were arrested by detectives with the D.C. police's narcotics and special investigations division and charged in the Aug. 30, 2008, shooting of Michael Henry, 25, who lived in the 2200 block of Savannah Street SE. Henry was found dead of gunshots wounds about 3 a.m. in the 3400 block of 22nd Street SE.

The four arrested were identified by police as Shawn Curry, 22; Javon Roberts, 32; and Michael Walters, 29, all of Southeast Washington; and Alonzo Marshall, 22, of Northeast Washington.

In separate cases, police said, they made arrests in the Oct. 31 shooting death of Ashton Hunter, 19, and the Oct. 17 fatal stabbing of 30-year-old George E. Wakefield.

Hunter, of the 300 block of 37th Street SE, was found shot about 8 p.m. in the block where he lived. Police said 21-year-old Darrell C. Lee, of Southeast Washington, was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying.

Wakefield, of 1100 block of 21st Place SE, was fatally stabbed near his home shortly before 1 a.m. Patrick Wilson, 25, of Alexandria, was charged with first-degree murder in the killing, police said.

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