October 14, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Three indicted on hate crime charges for July stabbing
Howard Theater, gay news, Washington Blade

Attackers called 16-year-old victim anti-gay names outside Howard Theatre. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.’s Howard Theatre whom the defendants believed to be gay.

News of the indictments surfaced at an Oct. 9 arraignment in Superior Court for defendants Ali Jackson, 19, his sister Alvonica Jackson, 25, and Desmond Campbell, 33.

The indictment charges Ali Jackson and Campbell with bias-related assault with intent to kill while armed. It charges Alvonica Jackson with bias related assault with a dangerous weapon. All three defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

“On or about June 26, 2012, within the District of Columbia, Ali M. Jackson and Desmond R. Campbell, while armed with a knife, assaulted [the victim] with intent to kill him because of prejudice based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of [the victim],” the indictment says.

“On or about June 26, 2012, within the District of Columbia, Alvonica S. Jackson assaulted [the victim] with a dangerous weapon, that is, [a] knife, because of prejudice based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation of [the victim],” the indictment says.

At a July 10 preliminary hearing, a D.C. police detective testified that a witness saw Ali Jackson stab the victim in the left bicep, lower back, and left leg after shouting names at him outside the Howard Theatre at 6th and T streets, N.W.

Det. Kenneth Arrington testified at the hearing that the stabbing took place after Campbell grabbed the victim from behind and held him in a headlock and Alvonica Jackson assisted Campbell by preventing the victim from defending himself by holding his arms.

“I’m going to poke your faggy ass,” Arrington said the witness quoted Ali Jackson as saying while pointing a knife at the victim.

According to a police arrest affidavit, the three defendants each referred to the victim as a “faggy” at the time they were stopped and detained by police.

Under the city’s criminal code, someone who assists in a shooting or stabbing assault can be charged with committing such an assault even if they didn’t fire a gun or personally stab the victim.

A trial for the case set by Superior Court Judge Patricia Broderick is scheduled to begin Jan. 9, 2013.

Ali Jackson has been held without bond since the time of his arrest on the night of the incident in June. Alvonica Jackson and Campbell were released at that time while they await trial.

At the July hearing the three defendants rejected a plea bargain offer by prosecutors that would have dropped the hate crime designation to the respective assault charges against Alvonica Jackson and Campbell. The offer called for retaining the hate crime designation for the charge against Ali Jackson.

A hate crime designation to a felony charge, such as assault with a dangerous weapon, carries a longer prison term than for a similar offense without a hate related designation.

William Miller, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, said a conviction against Ali Jackson and Campbell for a hate related assault with intent to kill while armed could result in a sentence of up to 45 years in prison. A conviction against Alvonica Jackson for a hate related assault with a dangerous weapon could bring a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

7 Comments
  • Interestingly enough, it is likely that the tripartite African cult of violent machisimo was simply calling the victim "faggot" because that's how the tribe "rolls." Specificity of language is 'fo whites".. They were probably assaulting him because violent Black anti-white violence is rather commonplace in America, but unlike for Homosexuals that Orwellian phrase "protected class" does not apply to white males…

  • Good riddance to these ghetto dwelling douche bags. I hope they enjoy their stay in federal prison where they too can become the little “faggies”. How ironic that they will be witnessing more homosexual acts in prison than they ever thought imaginable. Jokes on them I guess. When the dark side of our society learns that it’s fine to try to kill homosexuals it spreads like an STD. It blinds like an STD as well.

  • I just hope they can adopt to being the object of rape in prison. When they ‘come out’ when released from prison as one of those “faggies” I think they might regret their actions. Such useless pieces of human waste.

  • Its about time that the hate crime laws are finally used to protect gay people. Unfortunately, the mostly black juries in DC still wont convict blacks of hate crime charges against white gays. Thats the reason why so many previous cases just like this one were plea bargained to minor charges. The victim in this case is black so its acceptable to bring hate crime charges against black defendants. Its a sorry state of affairs.

  • *****
    “According to a police arrest affidavit, the three defendants each referred to the victim as a ‘faggy’ at the time they were stopped and detained by police.”
    *****

    Again, this is a relatively “easy” case– with a lot of evidence. What about the hate crimes cases with not so much evidence? What about the cases MPD has not been able to close? Or those that have been closed by MPD without an arrest and trial?

    Sunday, The Washington Post reported that a substantial number of killers are literally getting away with murder in DC. See…
    “D.C. homicides: In 15 percent of closed cases, no charges and no arrests” (Cheryl W. Thompson, The Washington Post, OCT 14)

    It is very likely that lots of perps are getting away with anti-LGBT hate crimes, too.

    That’s why we need independent LGBT citizen organizations, like GLOV, to monitor MPD’s and USAO’s performance, as well a provide additional support for those to frightened or intimidated to report hate crimes violations to MPD. See Blade stories…

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/05/30/anti-violence-activists-to-launch-independent-hate-crime-reporting-project/

    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/05/31/report-anti-lgbt-murders-rose-11-percent-in-2011/

    Busting and prosecuting perps is not the only way to deter hate crimes, however. In the recent past, we have witnessed too much use of NOT-credible MPD PR/spin machine efforts from MPD’s press office, as well as careless MPD comments that can have the effect of jeopardizing cases, as well as victims’ rights and remedies under DC’s hate crimes law.

    MPD needs to spend its too-scarce human resources bringing hate crimes perps to justice– but also being visible within the community. When would-be perps see GLLU and other MPD officers out and about, VERY VISIBLE– patrolling the night spots and neighborhoods of likely LGBT targets– that’s another way to deter future hate crimes.

    While we can take some comfort that this case is being seriously prosecuted, we must also remain constantly vigilant of MPD and USAO. Perps are still getting away with murder– and they are still getting away with anti-LGBT hate crimes in DC.

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