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Friday, July 12, 2013

District Man Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder While Armed In 2012 Slaying In Northwest Washington-Defendant Stabbed Victim During Confrontation On Street-

     WASHINGTON – Herbert G. Hayes, 41, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of second-degree murder while armed in a slaying that took place last year in Northwest Washington, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

     Hayes was found guilty by a jury following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Russell F. Canan scheduled sentencing for Sept. 20, 2013. Hayes faces a statutory maximum of 40 years in prison for the crime.

     According to the government’s evidence, on May 18, 2012 at about 9:30 p.m., Hayes chased the victim, John Wesley Griffin, 42, down the sidewalk in the 1200 block of North Capitol Street NW. As the chase continued, Mr. Griffin yelled, “Police, police!” Mr. Griffin ran into the street and Hayes followed him. Mr. Griffin then turned and faced Hayes, putting up his fists to fight. At that point, Hayes stabbed him. Mr. Griffin staggered to the sidewalk and then collapsed.  Hayes stood over him, and with knife in hand, shouted an expletive about the police before fleeing the scene. Mr. Griffin died as a result of his wounds.

     Hayes was arrested on May 21, 2012, and has been in custody ever since.

     In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Machen praised the work of the detectives, officers and mobile crime scene technicians who investigated the case for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). He also acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Mia Beamon, Victim/Witness Advocate Tamara Ince; Litigation Technology Specialists Kimberly Smith and Ron Royal, and Interns Daniel Fletcher and Lauren Sparks. Finally, he expressed appreciation for the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Melinda Williams and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Chris Dobbie, who secured the indictment in the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou, who prosecuted the case.


Updated February 19, 2015