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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Arrest in slaying

A 19-year-old District man was arrested Tuesday in a fatal shooting early Monday in Southeast Washington, police said.

Sanquan Carter, a resident of Southeast Washington, was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Jordan Howe, 20, who was found in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue SE about 12:30 a.m., police said. They said Howe had been shot several times.

-- Paul Duggan

Skinner to testify

The D.C. Council will have to wait a little longer for the elusive Sinclair Skinner, friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and owner of an engineering firm involved in the troubled parks and recreation contracts.

Though a judge set a March 24 date for Skinner to testify before a special council committee investigating the contracts, he also gave Skinner leeway to come up with a solid date for his appearance. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) said the committee and Skinner have agreed upon April 14 for the long-awaited testimony.

Through attorney A. Scott Bolden, Skinner declined invitations during a series of hearings. Bolden said Skinner had not been properly served with a subpoena, but in February, Superior Court Senior Judge Stephen F. Eilperin ordered Skinner to appear before the council on March 24 or come up with a solid date when he could.

If he doesn't show on April 14, Skinner could be fined $5,000 for the non-appearance on that day and $1,000 a day for his continued absence.

-- Nikita Stewart

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