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Pot robbery turns to chase that turns to murder

A D.C. jury convicted two men of murder this week in a case that involved a marijuana robbery in Charles County, a high-speed getaway into Washington, and a five-shot ambush of the robbery victim along a street in Southeast Washington, authorities said.

The two men convicted in the crimes, Antwon O. Blades, 20, and Rashar Smith, 21, both of Waldorf, face at least 30 years in prison. The two were also found guilty of armed robbery.

The incident took place Jan. 19, 2009, when Blades robbed Francis Warren, 22, of pot and fled in a car driven by Smith.

Warren chased Smith and Blades, who "used evasive tactics to get away," the U.S. attorney's office in the District said in a statement.

Warren called a friend, telling him what had happened, and got the friend in on the chase, which now headed into the District, authorities said.

At some point, Blades and Smith stopped their car and managed to ambush Warren as he sat behind the wheel along 10th Place. They fired five shots into the car. Warren was able to drive his car a short distance, then lost consciousness and lost control. His friend found him slumped over. The friend called 911 and waited for police.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted Blades and Smith of armed robbery, felony murder while armed and second-degree murder while armed. Blades will be sentenced July 23 and Smith will be sentenced July 30.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  May 13, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
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when marijuana is legal and can be bought and sold safely, you won't have many stories like this.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 13, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

must have been some good Pot

Posted by: dejesusjm | May 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

The reason why they are writing about a robbery from January 2009 is because the jury on Tuesday convicted Blades and Smith of armed robbery, felony murder
while armed, and second degree murder while armed.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 13, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

so sad how far illegal addictions have come.

Posted by: The_Washington | May 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

They say POT doesn't kill, this article begs to differ.

Posted by: zcxnissan | May 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I sat in on this trial and they had no physical evidence on neither suspect, they even had two witnesses who were not connected at all to the case or each other testify that after the shooting they witnessed three suspects running from the scene not the suspects, one of the witnesses was an retired police, their was no witnesses to the shooting at all, no gun was found with either suspect and the smith kid has no previous record. The case was circumstantial to say the least. The jury dead locked on all charges for both suspects after two full days of deliberations with a 4 day break in between and the judge called them back the next day to push them further they went from no unamimous decision on 6 charges for blade and no unanimous decision on 3 for smith to being unanimous in two and half hours. This was a miscourage of justice and Smith's Lawyer SUCKED!!!!!!!

Posted by: mfatima325 | May 14, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I read an article in the paper a week ago that said that the poor has the worse legal defense in the court system, well in this case Blades attorney's were on point with oversized maps, pictures of the area, balistic charts, opened good and closed great. Smith's attorney came in with leather case and a small stack of paper her only defense for the poor kid was "He wasn't there". All the Defense lawyers were paid by the state but Blades Attorney's atleast cared about the fact that their client's case it was evident that Smith's was by far slumming, unprepared and Laxidaisel in the defense of Smith, it's like she didn't plan until at the defense table what she was going to say or do, and she failed that boy miserably.

Posted by: mfatima325 | May 14, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Not to be a pest, but one more thing not one witness could place Smith there, not even the friend of the victim who was in the chase, he couldn't identify who was in the car he had chased all the way from Waldorf to DC, and his statement to the DA was that his friend (the victim) called him asking if he had a gun and that the victim stated that Blade and them "n!!gers robbed him, no where in the whole case did Smith's name come in, no statements the police, no witnesses who said he made statements, the gun charges were dropped against Smith, he was convicted for the fact that he was known to hang with Blade and he drove a car like the car seen. What kind of jury wouldn't have reasonable doubt with a shakey case like that, I mean I would have had doubt if that's all the state presented. A botched job by the police, who searched the area where the victim ended up instead of where the shooting actually took place. They both were rail roaded by a judge whom was sitting on her first homicide case and admitted in court to being biased and leaning towards the DA's side from the jump and a poor Defense for Smith. And the the "Jury of your peers", not in this case the suspects were 20 and 21 the jury was between 50 & 70 and 35 & 40 odd numbers the retires older totally out sorts with todays times and could hold out forever being retired and the younger jurors not. Ok, I'm done, seriously this time, just never seen anything like this in my entire life not even on TV....

Posted by: mfatima325 | May 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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