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Suspect in Southeast Washington beating death pleads guilty

One of the six suspects in the August beating death and attempted dismemberment of a Southeast D.C. woman pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court.

Cinthia Proctor, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit evidence tampering in connection with the Aug. 10 beating death of Latisha M. Frazier, 18. Six people, ages 16 to 23, have been charged in Frazier’s death. Proctor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge William M. Jackson on Nov. 4.

According to charging documents, on Aug. 1, Proctor and the other suspects devised a plot to invite Frazier to an apartment in the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE to “teach her a lesson” because they suspected Frazier of stealing $900.

When Frazier arrived, court documents say, Proctor and two other women hit her with their fists. Two of the men punched and kicked Frazier. The group decided to bind and tape Frazier and place her in a closet. She was later found dead.

Proctor and members of the group then decided to dismember the body, documents say. Frazier’s remains have not been located.

— Keith L. Alexander

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