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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

District Man Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder While Armed In 2014 Slaying in Southeast Washington

Defendant Went Through Victim's Pockets After the Shooting

            WASHINGTON – Gregory Green, 28, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty of first-degree felony murder while armed in the 2014 slaying of a man in Southeast Washington, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Green was found guilty on Oct. 3, 2016, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In addition to the murder charge, the jury found him guilty of a charge of robbery while armed. The Honorable Milton C. Lee scheduled sentencing for Dec. 9, 2016.

            According to the government’s evidence, on March 29, 2014, shortly after midnight, the victim, Derrick Williams, returned from work to his home.  After talking to his girlfriend for a few minutes, he left to go to buy something to drink.  A short time later, a witness reported hearing gunshots in the area of the 1200 block of Eaton Place SE. The witness saw Green and another man standing over Mr. Williams, who was on the ground.  Mr. Williams, 35, died almost instantly from one gunshot wound to the head.  Green, wearing all black, went into Mr. Williams’s front pockets and then flipped the victim over before going into his back pockets. Green was arrested on April 2, 2014. No one else was arrested in the case.

            In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the FBI’s Cellular Analysis Survey Team. He acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialists Lashone Samuels, Zekiah Wright, and Benjamin Kagan-Guthrie; Paralegal Supervisor Sharon Newman; Victim/Witness Advocate Marcia Rinker; Victim/Witness Services Coordinator Tonya Jones; Supervisory Victim/Witness Services Coordinator David Foster; Victim/Witness Program Specialist Wanda Queen; Supervisory Victim/Witness Program Specialist Michael Hailey; Information Technology Specialist Leif Hickling; Criminal Investigator Mark Crawford; Michael Ambrosino, Special Counsel for DNA and Forensic Evidence Litigation; Assistant U.S. Attorneys Chrisellen Kolb, John Mannarino and Stephen Rickard, and Intern James Haynes. Finally, he commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adrienne Dedjinou and Charles Willoughby, Jr., who prosecuted the case.

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Updated October 4, 2016