Conviction in Slaying A 25-year-old Waldorf woman was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday in the beating death of a Charles County man outside a bar in La Plata last November.
Briana D. Washington was the first of three suspects to be tried in the slaying of Robert Aughinbaugh, 32, of Port Tobacco. Prosecutors said that on Nov. 14, Aughinbaugh left the Good Times bar, where a woman he knew was fighting with another woman. When Aughinbaugh tried to break up the fight, a man punched him, knocking him down. A second man and Washington then continued to beat him until he died, prosecutors said.
Charles County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Chapelle said that he was satisfied that Washington was involved in the beating but doubted that she had intended to seriously injure or kill Aughinbaugh. Chapelle found her not guilty of first- and second-degree murder.
Washington faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Aughinbaugh's father, Bob Aughinbaugh, said after the verdict that the family feels "like we're getting some justice."
"You can't kick defenseless people when they're on the ground," he said.
Armed Robbery A woman delivering The Washington Post in the Tysons Corner area was robbed at gunpoint yesterday morning by two men who escaped with less than $20 in change, Fairfax County police said yesterday.
The 45-year-old Arlington woman was delivering papers in the 1900 block of Kennedy Drive about 5:20 a.m. She reported that one man accosted her with a gun and the other searched her car and took some coins, police said. The men fled in a car. She was not injured.
Compiled from reports by staff writers.