Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

2 guilty in killing of witness

Washington Post Editors

A D.C. Superior Court jury found two District men guilty of first-degree murder while armed in the slaying of a man who was scheduled to be called as a witness in a criminal fraud trial.

After a nine-day trial, the jury Thursday found Calvin Tinsley, 39, and Edward Washington II, 36, guilty in the murder of Malcolm Heath, 41. Heath was scheduled to testify against Washington.

Both men face a minimum of 30 years in prison.

According to court documents, Heath was a witness in the fraud trial that was scheduled for Sept. 10, 2007, in Upper Marlboro. On the morning of Sept. 8, 2007, police say, Tinsley shot Heath five times at close range in front of the victim’s car repair shop in the 1200 block of Mount Olivet Road NE.

Washington was originally charged with identity theft in a scheme to steal the identity of former NFL player Orlando Brown, according to prosecutors. Before the scheduled trial, they say, Washington learned Heath was going to testify against him and paid Tinsley to kill him.

The men are scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Gerald I. Fisher in November.

-- Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 2, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Arson charges for 2 Md. inmates
Next: Md. trooper reinstated after incident

Comments

First degree murder...the cold-blooded pre-planned assassination of a witness...and they face only 30 years? What is this? Have we become Europeans?

Posted by: wjc1va | September 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

30 yrs is the MAX

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 2, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I believe 30 years is the minimum, not the maximum.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 2, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't those two being hanged?

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 2, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Why aren't those two being hanged?

Posted by: ceefer66 | September 2, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Look that up buddy. 30 years is the MAX.

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 2, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

That "maximum" of 30 years is a typo. The minimum is 30 years and it is generally in the range of 60 years according to the DC Sentencing Reform Act of 2000. Plus, I believe they were found guilty of a number of other serious charges. It's unlikely they will ever see the light of day again.

Posted by: npjutr | September 2, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

That "maximum" of 30 years is a typo. The minimum is 30 years and it is generally in the range of 60 years to life according to the DC Sentencing Reform Act of 2000. Plus, I believe they were found guilty of a number of other serious charges. It's unlikely they will ever see the light of day again.

Posted by: npjutr | September 2, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

30 years? It's time for some sentencing reform.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

4th flr says: "Look that up buddy. 30 years is the MAX."

Trying taking your own advice. http://www.scdc.dc.gov/acs/frames.asp?doc=/acs/lib/acs/pdf/acs.DCAct13-406.pdf&acsNav=|33150|

Oh, and the WP fixed the article. It now reads a "miniumum of 30 years".

Posted by: jutras | September 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Firing Squad...

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

When you kill a witness in a trial that you are a defendant in then that is considered 'special circumstances' and they could and probably will get life without parole.

There is no death penalty in the District. Federal prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the District but they know that the citizens of the District don't usually hand down death sentences.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 2, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

So sad. They deserve to die in jail.

Posted by: brandip_77 | September 2, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company