Posted On: October 4, 2012 by Alpert Schreyer

D.C. Man Arrested, Charged in Fatal Beating of Cousin Following Dispute

According to a report by The Washington Post, a fugitive squad recently arrested a suspect wanted for a fatal beating on May 26, which left one man dead. The two men involved in this case were cousins and close friends since childhood, but police report that after a night of drinking, an argument between the two escalated and turned into a fistfight and then a killing when one of the men slammed the other’s head into “the pavement of the street.” The deadly beating happened at Abbey Place and L Street NE, approximately five blocks from where the 25-year-old victim lives with his grandmother in Washington D.C.

Documents filed in D.C. Superior Court indicate that the cousins were outside drinking around 4 a.m. after returning from a club. After reportedly being thrown to the ground, the victim fell unconscious but eventually came to and asked for help, and relatives drove him to Washington Hospital Center. Authorities report the young man went into a coma May 29 and died June 4, and his death was ruled as a homicide by blunt-force trauma.

The 23-year-old suspect, a resident of Northwest Washington, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his cousin. The Post report notes that interviews with family members and court documents offer few details as to what may have caused the dispute to turn deadly. The older sister of the victim states her brother, who had a four-year-old daughter, was trying to get his high school equivalency degree and “was trying to better his soul.”

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