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Friday, March 1, 2013

District Man Found Guilty Of Murder Charges In 2003 Shooting That Killed Two Men-Victims Were Brothers, Shot In Northeast Washington-

      WASHINGTON - Floyd Brooks, 38, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder and related weapons offenses for the slayings of two brothers in 2003, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

      A jury returned the verdicts following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz scheduled sentencing for May 10, 2013. Brooks faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison on each of the murder charges.

      According to the government’s evidence, in the early morning hours of Dec. 9, 2003, Brooks and Robert Williams, 29, exchanged words regarding drug sales in the Clay Terrace neighborhood of Northeast Washington. A short time later, Brooks returned and opened fire in the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE, shooting Robert Williams and his younger brother, Raymond Williams, 22, multiple times. He then fled the scene.

      Robert Williams died on the scene from his injuries, which included four gunshot wounds to the face. Raymond Williams was transported to Howard University Hospital, where he died a short time later from injuries including four gunshot wounds to the face and one wound to the neck that severed his spinal column at the base of his brain.  

      Brooks was arrested for the murders in 2009. At the time, he was serving a prison sentence in Maryland on gun charges.

      In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the efforts of the current and former Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detectives who investigated the case, as well as the mobile crime scene technicians and others who worked on the matter.

      U.S. Attorney Machen also extended his appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker; Witness Security Specialists Laverne Forrest and Tanya Via; Paralegal Specialists Fern Rhedrick, Sandra Lane and Alesha Yette; Litigation Technology Specialists Thomas Royal and Anisha Bhatia, and Intelligence Specialist Lawrence Grasso. Finally, he praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney VinÁt Bryant, who secured the indictment in the case and prosecuted the matter at trial.    


Updated February 19, 2015