Double killing admitted: A 78-year-old Northwest Washington man, who prosecutors say killed his sister and niece with a baseball bat, acknowledged in D.C. Superior Court yesterday that he committed the killings but contended that he was not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.
Raymond Brashears of the 1300 block of Meridian Place NW is scheduled to appear before a judge for a mental health hearing Nov. 18. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder while armed.
Laura Bailey, 75, Brashears's physically disabled sister, and Debra Johnson, his 50-year-old mentally disabled niece, were found dead in the rowhouse the three shared in February 2002. The D.C. medical examiner found that both women died of blunt force trauma. A bloody bat, knife and hammer were found in the home.
Brashears reportedly entered a fire station the morning of Feb. 18, 2002, and told firefighters: "I want you to arrest me. I killed my sister and my niece."
Officer convicted of soliciting for prostitution: A probationary D.C. police officer was convicted yesterday in D.C. Superior Court of soliciting for prostitution, the U.S. attorney's office said.
According to court records, Dexter Moon, 22, who was assigned to the 4th Police District, was arrested July 23 at Ninth Street and Southern Avenue SE in the District. Shortly before midnight, Moon, who was off duty, approached an undercover D.C. police officer who was posing as a prostitute and agreed to pay her for sex, police said.
Sentencing is set for Thursday. Moon, who has been on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of his trial, faces a sentence of up to 90 days in prison and a $500 fine.
Bond set for Islamic leader: A federal judge yesterday set a $75,000 bond for the release of an Islamic spiritual leader who is charged with inspiring a group of Northern Virginia men to train for violent jihad overseas and prepare for war against the United States.
Ali Al-Timimi appeared in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for a brief hearing. Prosecutors did not oppose his release. It was unclear late yesterday whether Timimi had been freed.
On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted Timimi, 40, on charges that his preaching incited members of an alleged "Virginia jihad network" to travel to terrorist training camps in Pakistan and battle U.S. troops seeking to oust Afghanistan's former Taliban rulers. The Fairfax County resident is a former lecturer at the Center for Islamic Information and Education, also known as Dar Al-Arqam, in Falls Church.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.