A Metro section article on Sept. 26 left an incorrect impression about the victim in a January 1989 homicide. Evidence in the case of the man convicted of Anthony Tate's murder shows Tate was not connected to a drug gang. (Published 10/5/90)
The son of alleged drug dealer Eddie Jerome Mathis was convicted yesterday in D.C. Superior Court of first-degree murder for a killing linked to a long-running war between Mathis's group and a rival drug gang over turf in Southeast Washington and Prince George's County.
The D.C. jury deliberated about five hours over two days before returning the verdict against Corey Ingram, 20, of the 900 block of Varney Street SE, in the Jan. 29, 1989, death of Anthony Tate.
According to testimony presented during the trial, Tate was killed in the 3900 block of Wheeler Road SE during a dispute over drugs with Ingram associate Richard A. Johnson, 17. The testimony showed that Johnson and several others assaulted Tate, and that Ingram then ordered Johnson to shoot Tate.
Prosecutor June Jeffries charged that Johnson shot Tate twice with a 9mm handgun, then gave the gun to Ingram, who shot Tate once. Ingram then passed the gun to a juvenile, who shot Tate a fourth time, authorities said.
Ingram, who was also convicted of carrying a pistol without a license, is awaiting trial on an assault charge and was charged along with Tommie Mackall in another homicide.
Mackall, also of the 900 block of Varney Street SE, was killed when he was shot 17 times on Aug. 31. Johnson, who was charged with Ingram in Tate's death and was acquitted in a separate trial, was arrested Sept. 21 and charged with murder in Mackall's death.
Eddie Jerome Mathis pleaded guilty this month to a federal weapons charge stemming from his arrest last February with three other men near Wheeler Road and Barnaby Street SE. All were heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests, and police theorize they were on their way to a gun battle with members of the Blackwell gang. The Blackwell gang reputedly is headed by Lawrence C. Blackwell, a former Mathis associate.