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A few months back, I wrote a story about crews in Shaw and the murder of Deon Peoples in January 2007. Two defendants were being held in connection with the crime. Ben Barringer had been arrested last summer; Jeffrey Bright was taken into policy custody in April. As I was wrapping up the piece, I spoke with a lawyer involved in the case, who said that he believed the murder trial would take place late summer. Well, how time flies! Here we are post-Labor Day Weekend.

Time to check in and see if any sentences had been handed down. I called Leah Gurowitz at the D.C. Superior Courthouse. The answer, it turned out, was a straight “no,” though both defendants’ cases had advanced.

On May 30, Barringer pled guilty to conspiracy and carrying a pistol without a license outside a home. He will be sentenced on September 26 at 2 p.m. As for Bright, his jury trial is scheduled for February 2, 2009. It was originally set for August 11, but mid-July his lawyer asked for it to be continued at a later date.

So, any chatter about crew members re-entering the community should be pushed off at least for a while.

Photo credit: Darrow Montgomery