Arrest Made in Homicide on the 1900 Block of 9th Street, NW

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From MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the fatal shooting which occurred in the 1900 block of 9th Street, NW.

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, at approximately 1:16 am, members of the Third District responded to the 1900 block of 9th Street, NW for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival they discovered an unconscious adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on the scene and determined the victim had no signs of life and the victim remained on the scene. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 30-year-old Joseph Hardin of Alexandria, VA.

Nearby patrol officers immediately apprehended the suspect. Arrested and charged with Murder One while Armed in the shooting death of Joseph Hardin is 24 year-old Cedric Spicer of Northwest Washington, DC.

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  • Laying odds, this kid will plead guilty to 2nd and get less than 20 years behind bars, out by 45. DC needs to up the sentence for 2nd degree murder to 37 years!

    • You do realize that the US already has the harshest criminal sentences of any First World country, and that we have a per-capita incarceration rate about seven times the rest of the rich democracies?

      It’s shocking how, whenever Americans talk about prison sentences, it’s always, always, always in the context of “we should make the sentencing tougher”, in blissful ignorance of how much of a global outlier the USA’s prison sentences already are.

      To an extent unparalleled anywhere else in the world, the US is trying to fix its social problems by warehousing a huge fraction of our underclass in prison. No other country is taking this approach, and EVERY other First World country is getting better social results than we are.

      Fixing root social causes is expensive and politically unpopular. But pandering to the voters’ revenge instinct, though always a political crowdpleaser, is vastly more expensive.

      • i believe in strong preventative measures. i believe in youth programs, lead abatement, investing in schools, big brother big sister programs, etc… and i think it should all be well funded.

        I also believe in keeping murders off of the street for far longer than we do.
        maybe that’s ignorant of me, but i know that the times i’ve been violently assaulted in DC, the perps had previous records. one for murder.
        and the murder trials i’ve been a part of in court, they ALWAYS had previous records, but were let back out on the streets among innocent people well before they were ready to be free.

        i think people can be saved. i believe in prison programs like this too
        but above all, keep the innocent safe.

      • Yes, sentences should be shorter … for certain crimes. Not murder. Not for shooting a man in cold blood in the head in front of dozens of people going out for the night. Get real.

        • In Germany, the usual penalty for premeditated murder, absent aggravating circumstances, is 17-18 years in prison. It seems to work for them.

          Intuition is a terrible guide for public policy, especially when it is only informed by a sensationalistic news media that reports only on the extremely unusual, distorting our perception of what is “common.” Evidence is a far better guide for policymaking, and other countries give us a LOT of evidence as to what really works.

          • someone should probably point out the fact that Germany is not the United States. Law are different, people’s attitudes are different, populations are different, populations are smaller, etc… etc… etc…

            I also want to see more progressive programs to help people transition out of the cycle of poverty, but it’s not appropriate to just say that other countries are doing it and seeing with successes… so we should too.

            plus the circumstances of this particular incident seem to be that this kid just lost his temper in the club and couldn’t let it go. not necessarily a society failing… just the failing of a single person.


      • You always make the same point about tougher sentences no being the answer to solve crime. But, you never see to tell us what steps you would take in order to solve the problem. In your opinion, what is the solution?

        • Some ideas:
          – Reduce America’s worst-in-the-First-World teen-pregnancy rates. Educate children about reproductive health and birth control BEFORE they become sexually active. Provide easy, stigma-free access to effective birth control.
          – Improve at-risk mothers’ access to pre- and peri-natal health care to reduce America’s worst-in-the-First-World infant mortality rate (and concommitant rates of impaired brain development).
          – Provide effective social-worker support to at-risk mothers so that they have a better chance of learning effective parenting techniques, rather than impairing brain development by parking toddlers in front of the TV with a sugary drink.
          – Provide aggressive early-childhood education programs, like the proven-successful Harlem Children’s Zone (even Head Start is better than nothing — but there are many programs that work much better).
          – Yeah, decent schools (not just “expensive” schools — we have that — but actually decent schools, which will require high-quality educators that are allowed to use high-quality teaching methods).
          – For bonus points, start nibbling away at the — yes — worst-in-the-First-World income inequality in this country by applying the sane tax and minimum-wage policies that have produced much more humane societies elsewhere.
          – Do something about the drug laws that have created immensely profitable black markets in drugs, leading to immense amounts of violent crime. Drug users cause trivial amounts of nuisance-level crime; drug money causes huge amounts of violent.

          That’s a start.

          Or, you can just keep putting a fifth of all 25-34 year old black men in prison. It’s not like anyone has cared so far.

          • i agree 110% with you!

            once people do commit murder, what then? is there any point at which you think that the peace of society is greater than an individuals right to freedom?

  • You cover more local crime than the Post. It’s crazy that I have to rely on this blog to find out info on incidents mentioned on social media… Thank you.

  • My mother was shot dead when I was only 2 years old. I grew up without a mother because of someone who decided it was ok to take her life. I have no sympathy for any killer. I think anyone who decides to take away someone else’s life doesn’t deserve to be put in prison, but to the electric chair. It is a waste of taxpayer resources. Perhaps this type of justice is also a great deterrent to violent crimes in general. For those who think I am a bad person for suggesting the electric chair for killers, perhaps you will think differently if someone close to you is taken away by a killer.

  • Cedric lived right around the corner, one of many who haunt our neighborhood in Shaw.

  • One dumb dude blasts another guy away because he felt “disrespected”. It’s literally the lamest reason for dying ever. And it happens all the time, around the world.

    Someone please teach young, moronic males to keep their infantile egos in check and understand that respect is earned, not deserved.

  • Does anyone know the circumstances surrounding this? Did they know each other or was this just totally random?

  • this block is cursed. lotta killings happen on this stretch of 9th street

  • The 1900 Block of 9th St., N.W. is one of the most problematic blocks in the entire District of Columbia. Relative to it’s size, it generates a disproportionate amount of police work. It caters primarily to a segment of one population who drink too much and then want to fight, everyone. There is little regard for civil behavior and no regard for law and order.

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