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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/12/2010

Accused teenage gunman in court

By Washington Post editors

A teenager accused in a fatal shooting -- believed to have set off a chain of retaliatory violence in Southeast Washington that ended with a drive-by shooting in which four people died -- is due back in court Monday.

Nineteen-year-old Sanquan Carter is charged with second-degree murder in the March 22 killing of Jordan Howe. A day after Howe's killing, Carter's brother, Orlando, was shot. Then on March 30, gunmen sprayed bullets into a crowd of people who had just attended Howe's funeral.

Orlando Carter, Nathaniel Simms and a juvenile have been charged in the drive-by shooting. Orlando Carter is also charged in Howe's killing.

Sanquan Carter's preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court began Wednesday and continues Monday.

Orlando Carter and Simms have a hearing scheduled for Thursday.

-- The Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 12, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Tags:  Drive-by shooting, Jordan Howe, Nathaniel Simms, Orlando Carter, Sanquan Carter  
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19 is GROWN... NOT a teenager. Please stop referring to this monster as such in an attempt to curry some sorrow for him.

Posted by: BLKManCommonSense | April 12, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Agree- these scumbags contribute nothing to society and are a bight on all.Another reason to reconsider the death penalty in DC!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 12, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

He is grown and should meet the full force of the law. The juvie should meet the adult system too and should not be hand held through the juvie system until he graduates to the adult system. DC is way to easy on juvies.

Mayor Fenty said juvies need a second chance during a council hearing today and that is the trend of juv justice. Give me a break. We need to follow MD and VA's lead and charge these kids who commit violent felonies as ADULTS. How many more people have to die b/f this juvie is locked up. Mayor Fenty, any campaign promises on this one? I doubt b/c this happened in SE and he prob only wants to save the children with love and liberal care.

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | April 12, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

the mayor is wrong. if a juvenile commits murder, i believe that he should be tried as an adult. the 14 year old in this case is incorrigible

Posted by: melvinowens | April 12, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree that those involved in this case should be tried as adults. However, whenever people talk about being "too lenient" or too easy," what they have historically meant is that they advocate either MORE incarceration or the Death Penalty. I find this hard to believe, given that history has proven neither option DETERS anyone, nor IMPROVES our society.

We spend millions; we have five times the international average of incarcerated people; and we spend staggering sums to keep them there. Who wins? Perhaps private corrections contractors and prosecutors making a name for themselves in the papers, but not the victims of crime, not our national budget, and certainly not the people we aim to "correct" through imprisonment.

Time for a new trope, and time for new responses to violent crime. Jailing and executing people does NOBODY any good; we keep repeating our same mistakes and growing new career criminals. Next?

Posted by: phburris | April 12, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Let a 14 year old murder/kill your mother,sister or any other member of your family, and then tell me How should they be charged, as an adult or child? This CHILD has a record longer than most adult's

Posted by: onesugar | April 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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