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Crime and justice in 2009: A look back

As we look ahead to 2010, we're looking back at some of 2009's most remarkable -- and, often, tragic -- local criminal justice stories.

What will you remember? Read our archived coverage of 10 of our nominees for the year's most memorable story, then vote in our poll. Or, if you prefer, you can suggest your own in the comments below.

Our nominations:

January: Developmentally disabled 13-year-old Alexis "Lexie" Agyepong-Glover was found dead in a creek near Woodbridge in January 2009. Her mother, Alfreedia L. Gregg-Glover, pleaded guilty to abusing and killing her, and is awaiting the outcome of a mental health evaluation before her sentencing.
April: Five people were found dead in a Middletown, Md., home. Authorities said Christopher A. Wood, 34, killed his wife and children, then shot himself. Police had never before been called to the house, and authorities said there was no known history of domestic violence.
June: A man entered the National Holocaust Memorial Museum with a rife. A museum security guard was shot and killed. Federal authorities have charged James W. von Brunn of Annapolis with the killing of Stephen T. Johns.
September: Four people -- a college professor, her estranged husband, their teenage daughter and a young friend of the girl's -- were found bludgeoned to death in a home in Farmville, Va. Police charged Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III, 20, a.k.a. the "horrorcore" rapper Syko Sam, a guest in the home, with the killings.
September: Ted G. Loza, an aide to D.C. Council member Jim Graham, is arrested for allegedly accepting $1,500 in bribes to try to influence legislation that would have favored the taxicab industry. The arrest was among the notable opening moves in what would become a high-profile investigation into the industry and those working on its behalf.
October: Federal prosecutors charge Chevy Chase scientist Stewart D. Nozette with trying to sell top-secret information to Israel. Authorities said the charges stemmed an undercover sting operation in which an FBI agent posed as an Israeli spy.
November: Police said a gunman fired through the door of a Columbia Heights apartment, killing nine-year-old Oscar Fuentes. The man charged with the killing, Josue Pena, was found dead his jail cell; police said he hanged himself.
November: John Allen Muhammad, mastermind of the terrifying 2002 Washington area shooting spree, died by lethal injection in Virginia's death chamber Nov. 10. His attorneys had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, saying he was paranoid and delusional during his trial.
December: A student came into a math classroom at Northern Virginia Community College's Woodbridge campus with a hunting rifle, shooting -- and missing -- his professor and briefly evoking the images of the Virginia Tech massacre. Jason M. Hamilton, 20, was charged with attempted murder in the case.
Your Own: What did we miss? Suggest something we should have included and write them in the comments below, and take our poll.

-- The Editors

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 31, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  From the Editors  
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