Brian K. Betts

ABOUT THIS STORY |  Until Brian Betts mysteriously failed to appear at work on April 15, this is what his many admirers knew about him: He was the energetic new principal of a long-troubled urban school and, within a D.C. school system desperate for heroes, a superstar. But by the end of that day, a group of worried colleagues had found him shot dead in his Silver Spring home, and the upbeat narrative of Betts's two decades of work had become a tragic tale. See timeline.


Brian K. Betts. (Nikki Kahn/Post)

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Killings declined last year in the District and Prince George's County, continuing a trend that has brought the number of homicides in the region's two highest-crime jurisdictions to their lowest levels in years.
 
District, Prince George's report continuing decline in number of homicides (Post, December 31, 2010; 10:49 PM)
 
Principal Brian Betts's killer is sentenced to 40 years (Post, November 24, 2010; 12:24 AM)
 
Killer of popular principal is sentenced to 40 years (Post, November 24, 2010)
 
The Crime Scene: Second plea deal in Brian Betts case (washingtonpost.com, November 23, 2010; 1:56 PM)
 
The Crime Scene: Man pleads guilty in case of slain D.C. principal (washingtonpost.com, November 8, 2010; 12:49 PM)
 
Video thrown out in Betts slaying (Post, October 22, 2010)
 
Md. judge bars interrogation video in slaying of principal Brian Betts (Post, October 21, 2010; 11:14 PM)
 
Another youth pays for city's dysfunction (By Colbert I. King, August 28, 2010)
 
Slaying calls attention to D.C. court agency: Division supervised one teen charged in principal's death (Post, May 21, 2010)
 
Oversight of D.C. youth offenders questioned after arrests in principal's death (Post, May 20, 2010; 4:32 PM)
 
Fourth arrest in principal's slaying: Montgomery police say they still think robbery was the motive (Post, May 20, 2010)
 
Fifth arrest made in D.C. principal's slaying (washingtonpost.com, May 19, 2010; 1:03 PM)
 
'He was the best': Students, teachers and parents work to continue success of D.C. principal (Post, May 10, 2010)
 
What The Post didn't say about Brian Betts (By Andrew Alexander, May 9, 2010)
 
A mother's tale of D.C. juvenile custody (By Colbert I. King, May 8, 2010)
 
Arrest of 3 teens in principal's death puts scrutiny on D.C. juvenile system: SLAYING SUSPECTS WERE IN ITS CARE
D.C.'s Mendelson says system is a 'mess'; hearing to be held
(Post, May 6, 2010)
 
Millions participate in web of cybersex services, experts say (Post, May 5, 2010)
 
Teens charged in slaying have criminal records: d.c. principal killed in April Past cases include theft, a sex offense (Post, May 5, 2010)
 
Third teen charged in D.C. principal's slaying (Post, May 4, 2010; 10:35 AM)
 
Two teens charged in death of D.C. principal met on phone-sex line: Police say Betts met suspects on phone-sex chat line; motive was probably robbery (Post, May 4, 2010)
 
Mystery defies relentless scrutiny in D.C. principal's slaying (Post, May 2, 2010)
 
Principal's killer destroyed 'about a thousand other souls' (By Petula Dvorak, April 23, 2010)
 
Many leads, no arrests in principal's slaying: At least two people may have been involved, police say (Post, April 23, 2010)
 
Vehicle seen leaving alley near slain principal's home, police say (washingtonpost.com, April 22, 2010; 3:18 PM)
 
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