District Man Found Guilty of Felony Murder in 2014 Slaying at Southeast Washington Barber Shop
Defendant Repeatedly Shot Customer in Late-Morning Attack
WASHINGTON – Antwon D. Green, 29, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty by a jury today of felony murder, first-degree murder while armed, and a related weapons charge in the killing of a man in 2014 at a Southeast Washington barber shop, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Green was found guilty following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He is to be sentenced on Feb. 16, 2018 by the Honorable Judith Bartnoff. He remains in custody pending sentencing.
According to the government’s evidence, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at about 11 a.m., Green walked by the front of the Kutt n’ Up barber shop in the 1400 block of Good Hope Road SE, and pointed at Breond Keys, a customer who was getting his hair cut inside.
Roughly 16 minutes later, Green, wearing different clothes and dressed in a dark-colored hooded jacket, ran into the barber shop, holding what appeared to be a pistol in his right hand. Green immediately raised the pistol with both hands, pointed it at Mr. Keys, and began firing, hitting Mr. Keys multiple times. Once Mr. Keys fell to the floor, Green dug into his front pants pocket, pulled an item out of it, and fled. Mr. Keys, 38, was taken to a hospital, but pronounced dead a short time after the shooting.
Following an investigation by MPD, Green was charged in the murder in July 2015.
In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the District of Columbia Office of the Medical Examiner, the Glendale Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory, and the District of Columbia Department of Forensic Sciences. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation; Forensic Operation/Program Specialist Benjamin Kagan-Guthrie; Victim/Witness Advocate James Brennan; Paralegal Specialists Kelly Blakeney and Meridith McGarrity; Criminal Investigators John Marsh, William Hamann, and Zachary McMenamin, and Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard DiZinno, Glenn Kirschner and Allessandra Stewart, who investigated and prosecuted the case.