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Arrests Made in Two Unrelated Homicide Cases

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Arrests Made in Two Unrelated Homicide Cases

Arrests have been made in a 1997 and a 2005 homicide case.

Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced arrests in two unrelated homicides. Both arrests occurred on Monday, May 24, 2010.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Yesterday, 23-year-old Julius Johnson of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Washington, DC was charged with Murder One while armed in the 2005 homicide of James Cousart, who was fatally shot in the 1400 block of First Street, NW, on August 25, 2005.

On August 25, 2005, at approximately 1:35 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the 1400 block of First Street, NW, for the report of a shooting in front of that location.  Upon arriving on the scene, Mr. Cousart was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was transported to an area hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead. His remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.  An autopsy revealed the cause of death was from multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was Homicide.

The investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued by a DC Superior Court Judge on December 18, 2007, charging Julius Johnson with Felony Murder While Armed. On May 24, 2010, the defendant was apprehended and charged with Murder One While Armed at the Department’s Major Case/Cold Case Office.

Also on Monday, 46-year-old John Fitzgerald of Northeast, DC was arrested at his home and charged with Murder Two pursuant to an arrest warrant in connection with the 1997 homicide of 38-year-old Deborah McKinney.

On Wednesday, November 26, 1997, at approximately 8 am, a security guard found an unconscious female in the basement of a building in the 900 block of M Street, NW. Personnel from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded, but could find no signs consistent with life. The victim was subsequently pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that the manner of death was ruled a Homicide by asphyxiation.