Victim may have beentarget of criminal inCongress Heights
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
A gay man who was shot to deathin his car in Southeast Washington lastweek may have been the target of athug who’s “terrorizing” the CongressHeights neighborhood where he waskilled, according to a local ministerwho is running for a seat on the D.C.City Council.Rev. Anthony Motley said a mutualfriend told him that the murder of AnthonyJ. Perkins, 29, may be linked to anunidentified man believed to be responsi-ble for a string of robberies that Perkinslearned about. Motley said the robberysuspect may have thought Perkins wasabout to report him to police.Perkins was found dead in his carat Fourth and Oakwood streets, S.E.,at 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 27.“According to my sources, Anthonyreceived a call that morning and left hishouse to go meet someone,” Motleytold DC Agenda in an E-mail. “It is saidthat the individual Anthony knew whowas robbing people had become para-noid that Anthony would talk. It’sassumed that is why he was shot.”Homicide Detective John Bolden,one of the investigators working onthe case, said police have no motivefor the killing and had no suspects asof earlier this week.Bolden said investigators werelooking forward to talking with themutual friend that Motley mentionedin his e-mail to the Agenda, with thehope that this individual could pro-vide an important lead in the case.Homicide squad Lt. Paul Wingatesaid police have no evidence so far toindicate the murder was a hate crime.Police and Christopher Dyer, direc-tor of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTAffairs, have been distributing fliers thatinclude a photo of Perkins to localLGBT organizations and activists, ask-ing for help in identifying the person orpeople responsible for Perkins’ death.Police are asking anyone with infor-mation about the case to call the homi-cide squad office at 202-645-9600 orthe 24-hour police hotline at 202-727-9099. Similar to all D.C. homicides,police are offering a reward of up to$25,000 for information leading to thearrest and conviction of a suspectlinked to Perkins’ murder.In a statement released the day ofthe murder, police said they foundPerkins, whom they described as a“shooting victim,” seated inside his
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Case to overturnsame-sex marriageban may be televised
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@dcagenda.com
The eyes of LGBT rights sup-porters will be on the proceedingsof a California federal court casenext week that could overturn thestate’s ban on same-sex marriage— and possibly similar bansthroughout the country.The trial in the case of Perry v.Schwarzenegger will begin Monday.Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S.District Court’s Northern District ofCalifornia will preside and has calledfor expedited proceedings becauseof the serious nature of the com-plaints raised by plaintiffs.During the trial, Walker will con-sider witness testimony, documentsand other evidence and argumentsfrom both sides over the constitu-tionality of Proposition 8, an amend-ment to the state constitution ban-ning same-sex marriage. Theamendment was approved in 2008through voter referendum.Attorneys Ted Olson and DavidBoies are representing plaintiff cou-ples that were denied marriagelicenses in California because of thestate’s ban on same-sex marriage.While it’s the first time theselawyers have worked together on a
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are representing plaintiffs in thecase against California’s Proposition 8.
Photo courtesy of American Foundation for Equal Rights
Prop 8 trialbegins Monday
, who’s gay, was shotand killed last week in his car in SoutheastWashington. Police have no official motiveand have made no arrests in the case.
Photo courtesy of Metro D.C. Police
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