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Cydrisse Marcha-Marie Alvin, charged with killing neighbor, ordered held

A District woman charged with stabbing her neighbor to death was ordered held until her trial during a Wednesday hearing.

Authorites say Cydrisse Marcha-Marie Alvin, 31, smoked PCP before killing Amber Kent on June 4. D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Karen Howze ordered Alvin held Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Alvin declined a drug test when she was arrested Monday. Alvin continued to decline the test, but prosecutors provided additional witnesses who told detectives she routinely smoked cigarettes dipped in PCP, known as “dippers.”

Based on that information, Howze ordered Alvin to remain in jail ahead of a June 15 hearing. Alvin is charged with second-degree murder while armed.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.


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