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January recaps of crime stories in Washington, D.C. metro areas

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The year 2014 continues the crime wave with no end in sight. Here are some top stories that hit the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas this month –

Young boy, 12, stabbed in Falls Church. Three suspects stabbed a 12-year-old boy while walking on January 3 in the 6200 block of Seven Corners Center. The boy ran to a nearby McDonald’s after the attack which occurred around 7 p.m. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-threatening injuries.

The area is surrounded by many stores and a shopping center. The suspects have not been caught. Descriptions of the suspects are Hispanic males, possibly in their 20s. More on this story can be watched on the video below.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid932647471001?bckey=AQ~~,...

Mother kills two children during attempted exorcism. The horrific tragedy of a mother killing her one and two-year-old occurred in Germantown. Md. two weeks ago in Montgomery County. The mother has been identified as Zakieya L. Avery, 28, and another woman involved, Monifa Sanford, 21.

The Washington Post reported, “This was all about what was in their minds,” said Capt. Marcus Jones, commander of the county’s major crimes unit. “They felt like there was something bad going on with the children, and they were trying to release it.”

“The Devil was the enemy in their eyes,” Jones said of the women.

Two other children were also involved who were hospitalized. The extreme story can be read below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/mother-charged-with-murder-in-...

Kevon Neal mistrial, another date scheduled. Kevon Neal was charged with vehicular manslaughter at his trial in early January, but Juror #7, Darvida Caldwell, sent an email to the judge stating she could not make a decision based on her religious beliefs. The question of religious beliefs is asked before selection of jurors. Neal led a high speed chase that resulted to a police officer being killed named Adrian Morris.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks called the juror's actions a "complete disgrace" in a statement. Watch the video of her further comments (above, left) on “NewsTalk,” seen on NewsChannel 8.

Read more on the Neal story at: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/01/mistrial-declared-in-kevon-neal-veh...

Muth found guilty of murder. Perhaps a movie will be made on this story but it will be the reverse of what happened in the movie Reversal of Fortune (1990), even though both have similar traits. In this true crime story Albrecht Muth, 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2011 beating and strangulation death of his socialite wife, 91-year-old Viola Drath. There was also physical and verbal abuse involved with the couple and Muth lying about his background. He starved himself down to 90 pounds and sources stated he watched the verdict from a hospital bed. His sentencing is March 19.

More on the Washington, D.C. Georgetown murder can be read below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/muth-found-guilty-of-murder-in...

Firefighter raises money for dogs after fire. After a townhouse in the Mount Vernon area in Alexandria, Va. was wiped out, a firefighter who was part of the putting-out fire crew decided to do something to help the victim.

According to Washington, D. C. WJLA news, “One Bernese mountain dog sadly perished in the fire at 8556 Towne Manor Court in Alexandria. Three others and a Corgi were critically injured.”

Read more on this heartwarming story at: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/01/firefighter-helps-raise-money-to-pa...

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