Man arrested in 2013 slaying near Howard

A Northwest Washington man was arrested Tuesday and charged in a January 2013 killing just outside the Howard University campus.

Antonio Hester, 30, was charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of Tracy McFadden, 44, of Northeast, in the 2700 block of Georgia Avenue NW, D.C. police said.

— Peter Hermann

Flightless bird dies at National Zoo

Only a few animals at the National Zoo carry a name that designates the residents of a country. Thus there was special poignancy to the death last weekend of one of the zoo’s kiwis.

In addition to being the name of a flightless bird, “kiwi’’ is the nickname for New Zealanders. Initial reports indicated that Koa, a 6-year-old male brown kiwi found dead Sunday morning, had heart disease, the zoo said.

Koa was a demonstration animal and one of about three dozen male brown kiwis in zoos outside New Zealand.

— Martin Weil

Baker, Alsobrooks to endorse Frosh

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks plan to endorse state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery County) on Wednesday in his bid to become the state’s next attorney general.

Frosh is running in the June 24 primary against Del. Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George’s) and Del. Jon S. Cardin (D-Baltimore). In November, the winner will face Republican Jeffrey N. Pritzker and Libertarian Leo Wayne Dymowski to succeed Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D).

Baker and Alsobrooks said Braveboy, a county resident, is a friend. But they said they were backing Frosh based on their experiences working with him. “Among the field, he has the experience to do the things we need in Annapolis,” Baker said. “This is the statewide candidate I’m going to work the hardest for.”

In a Washington Post poll in February, both Frosh and Braveboy trailed behind Cardin, the nephew of U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.).

— Arelis R. Hernandez

Extradition stay denied for Severance

A man whom Alexandria police want to question in three high profile homicides is set to be extradited Wednesday after West Virginia’s highest court denied him a stay.

The denial came on an appeal by Charles Severance, 53, who is wanted on a gun possession charge in Loudoun County. That means he will be extradited if there is no further legal action .

Public defenders representing Severance contend that the charge against him was a “sham” engineered to return him for interrogation in the slayings.

— Rachel Weiner