FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
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District Man Found Guilty of Murder and Other Charges
In 2011 Slaying of Stepson
-Shooting Followed Argument in Family Home-
WASHINGTON – Ronald Page, 60, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder while armed and other charges in the slaying of his adult stepson, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
Page was found guilty on June 11, 2013 following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In addition to the murder charge, the jury found him guilty of charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and firearms offenses. The Honorable Russell F. Canan scheduled sentencing for Sept. 13, 2013.
According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 5, 2011, shortly after 7 p.m., Page was engaged in verbal argument with his 17-year-old son inside their family home in Northeast Washington. The defendant’s two stepsons were present during the argument. At one point, Page left the argument and retrieved a gun. He pointed it at his son and one of his stepsons, Nicholas Satcher, 22. Then he ordered Nicholas Satcher to leave the room. Nicholas Satcher agreed to leave, but his stepfather followed him and fired the gun, fatally wounding him.
In announcing the verdicts, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work of the officers, detectives and others who investigated the case from 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 Specialists Mia Beamon, Kelly Blakeney, Kendra Johnson, Sharon Newman and Marian Russell; Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker; Information Technology Specialist Leif Hickling, and Criminal Investigator Christopher Brophy. He also expressed appreciation to Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Cobb, who investigated the case and secured the indictment. Finally, he thanked Jeffrey Ragsdale, Chief of the office’s Homicide Section, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Worm, who prosecuted the case.13-204