Despite record drops in the number of murders and record closures in recent years, homicide in the District remains a tough crime to solve and prosecute. A Post review of nearly 2,300 slayings in the city between 2000 and 2011 found that less than a third have led to a conviction for murder or manslaughter.
The Meadowbrook Run apartment complex at 3520 Sixth St. SE in the District. Early on June 3, 2004, Donta Baylor, 29, was shot and killed on the steps of the building in the center of the picture. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the slaying before prosecutors dismissed the charges because of insufficient evidence. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post Buy Photo