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Read: Affidavit On George Rawlings’ Murder

WaPo has the scoop on what lead to an arrest in the George Rawlings murder. Jeffrey Britt, a 17-year-old with no fixed address, has been arrested and charged in the case.

D.C. Police detectives worked quickly to solve the murder which took place last Wednesday as Rawlings was trying to board a Metro bus along H Street NE. According to an affidavit [PDF} filed in D.C. Superior Court, there were several witnesses that came forward.

In reading the affidavit, one thing is clear: Jeffrey Britt will not be the only one charged in this case. Police recovered two different caliber shell casings from the crime scene, and witnesses point to other individuals involved in the killing:

"One such witness...reported that it observed two black males armed with guns shooting into the well of the Metro bus."

The affidavit goes on to describe a murder plot developed in front of witnesses and carried out within minutes.

While attending the funeral service for Ashton Hunter, one witness saw Rawlings walk into the proceedings. At that point, several attendees of the funeral talked about Rawlings' supposed involvement in Hunter's murder. The witness heard a "Jeff" state: "I should kill that nigga!"

After Rawlings left the funeral home, this witness saw "Jeff" and two other individuals standing near Rawlings. Rawlings soon left. Jeff and the two others followed. A short time later, the witness heard gun shots and observed the three individuals running back towards the funeral home. The witness said that he noticed they were armed with guns. The witness identified Jeff as Jeffrey Britt.

Another witness saw the actual murder. The affidavit states:

"[The witness] observed one of the black males who was with 'Jeff' shooting a gun at the decedent who was lying on the steps of the Metro bus....It subsequently observed the black male aiming the gun at him and pulling the trigger, but the gun did not go off because it appeared to be out of bullets."

After the murder, detectives found on Rawlings a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a "bottle containing a clear liquid that had the chemical odor consistent with...PCP."

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  • DYRS

    Not to Colby King this up but what are the odds that Jeffrey Britt is a ward of DYRS?

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    So Rawlins was packin' heat when he was shot. I wonder why he didn't use his hammer? We could have had a shootout right there on a Metrobus.

    I wonder what the Second Amendment folks would make of this. Here is a young man who was armed, carrying a loaded 9mm, & he gets gunned down right on a major street.

    Also, we have a 17-year-old accused of gunning down a 21-year-old. This violence is a byproduct of our capitalist system. In other words, capitalism is killing the young men of DC.

  • adds

    yep, definitely no violence in non capitalist countries.

    what a moron.

  • Hillman

    Capitalism killed this kid? That could be the stupidest thing I've heard since Palin's death panel tribute.

    The Rawlings kids extended famly is a product of DCs welfare state. His father had 16 kids that he stuck us taxpayers with. That's not exactly pure capitalism as you so stupidly suggest.

  • proballdc

    Can we borrow a machete from al-quaeda to relieve these monsters of their heads?

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    Capitalism, on trial for murder. Capitalism made west of the park relatively safe & full of rich & bourgeois white people, while condemning black citizens east of the park to lives of penury, discrimination, & hopelessness.

    The only way a man can succeed in a capitalist system which is stacked against him due to his race is to become a gangster, a capitalist selling drugs. Selling drugs leads to gang violence, &, the untimely demise of the Brothers Rawlings.

    Capitalism, guilty as charged. The sentence? The death penalty. Kill capitalism. Establish a Marxist paradise.

  • ibc

    "While condemning black citizens east of the park to lives of penury, discrimination, & hopelessness."

    Yep, every black citizen east of the river is a murderous, drug-using loser. No hard-working folks. No black middle-class. Not one educated black man, woman, or child making a better life for themselves.

    Thanks for your virulently racist paternalism. It's well appreciated!

  • Comrade Al Gonzales

    This also shows how capitalism & religion have destroyed our educational system. Everyone's Sarah Palin, Jr. nowadays - ignorant, hateful, superstitious, & thinking every little thing that happens is a personal insult to his dignity as a human being.

    As usual, the racists crawl out from under their rocks, spewing the usual Palin screed of completely ridiculous fodderol totally unconnected to anything I wrote. Good luck, chuck, you need it.

  • Angry Al Gonzales

    Murder rate for males age 15-24 (per 100,000 people)

    United States 24.4
    Canada 2.6
    Sweden 2.3
    Norway 2.3
    Finland 2.3
    Denmark 2.2
    United Kingdom 2.0
    Netherlands 1.2
    Germany 0.9
    Japan 0.5

    http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-toughcrime.htm

    Clearly, the socialist countries of Western Europe & Japan have far, far lower murder rates for young men.

  • JayAre

    I may add that crime in the U.S. is a very big business.
    From the undertakers to the attorneys, to the prison system; a lot of people are being paid by the cycle of violence.

  • wrong

    Most everyone I know in NW, NE, PGC, NoVA and elsewhere that are hard working people. It's always the few that ruin everyone else's reputation. In this particular case, I would say these kids are the product of poor parenting more than anything. Probably parents that should not have had kids in the first place.

    If we're going to implement any socialist ideals, we should do this: Make everyone take a test to see if they are prepared to have kids. I imagine that the ones in the country having the most kids are the least prepared to do so.

  • oboe

    Most everyone I know in NW, NE, PGC, NoVA and elsewhere that are hard working people. It's always the few that ruin everyone else's reputation.

    Not according to Citizen Al:

    "The only way a man can succeed in a capitalist system which is stacked against him due to his race is to become a gangster, a capitalist selling drugs."

    He knows that *all* black folks can't help being drug-dealers and gun-toting murderers. They have no choice, see.

    Sure, it's a repulsive argument to make, but then, that's Angry Al for you.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Watch "Bowling for Columbine", Michael Moore offers a decent theory as to why our murder rate is so high. He references good ole Kah Naid Ah, in it.

    Poverty diminishes the theories associated with the variosu isms. While these somewhat socialized Countries in Europe have lower murder rates, it's because they are also industrialized states (this itself a product of capitalism). What about Cuba and China. These socialized states have an insanely high level of crime and murder because of poverty, not socialism or capitalism.

  • downtown rez

    Angry Al needs to get out east of the park more.

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