February 9, 2017 at 10:05 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Third suspect charged in D.C. trans murder
Cyheme Hall, gay news, Washington Blade, Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds

Cyheme Hall is the fourth suspect in the July 4 murder of a trans woman in D.C. He is considered armed and dangerous by police. (Photo courtesy MPD)

D.C. police on Wednesday night announced they have arrested a third suspect in the July 4 fatal shooting of 22-year-old transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds on a street near her home in Northeast Washington.

In the same announcement police released a photo of a fourth suspect in the Dodds murder who remains at large and who police said should be considered armed and dangerous.

The latest developments in the Dodds murder case came five months after D.C. police arrested the first two suspects in the case, Jalonte Little, 26, of Southeast D.C., and Shareem Hall, 22, of District Heights, Md., on a charge of first-degree felony murder while armed.

In the announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 8, police said they arrested Montee Tyree Johnson, 21, of Southeast D.C. on a charge of first-degree murder while armed in connection with the Dodds case.

The announcement says police have also obtained a D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant for a fourth suspect in the case identified as Cyheme Hall, 21. Hall is described as a black male, 5 feet, five inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and having brown eyes, a medium complexion and black hair.

The arrest warrant charges him with first-degree murder while armed-felony murder, police said.

“Hall should be considered armed and dangerous,” the announcement says.

Police didn’t say in their announcement on Wednesday whether Shareem Hall and Cyheme Hall are related.

At the time of Shareem Hall’s arrest in September police filed a 13-page affidavit in Superior Court in support of his arrest. The affidavit disclosed that Shareem Hall, Little and at least two other suspects were implicated in a series of armed street robberies against eight transgender women, including Dodds, in two different locations in the early morning hours of July 4.

The other two suspects weren’t identified at that time but are now believed to be Johnson and Cyheme Hall.

The arrest affidavit in September said three of the trans women targeted by the suspects on July 4 were robbed at 4th and K streets, N.E. about 3:40 a.m. by three male suspects brandishing pistols, according to accounts by witnesses.

Several of the victims and witnesses told police they saw some of the suspects leave and enter a white Pontiac vehicle that belonged to Little. Police later that day stopped and arrested Little while inside the vehicle for an unrelated robbery of a transgender woman that occurred in June.

An important break in the Dodds murder case came about when police discovered Little was wearing a GPS monitoring device on his ankle that was placed there in connection with yet another unrelated criminal case.

When homicide detectives tracked the data from his monitoring device they discovered Little was at the location where witnesses said Dodds was shot shortly before 3 a.m. on the 200 block of Division Ave., N.E.

By also tracking Little’s cell phone records investigators were able to place Shareem Hall at the location where Dodds was shot. The affidavit says this and other leads obtained by detectives enabled them to charge Little and Shareem Hall with Dodds’ murder last September.

Charging documents showing how investigators linked Johnson and Cyheme Hall to the Dodds murder couldn’t immediately be obtained.

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

  • May I please just shoot them so we don’t have to waste $$ paying for their continued breathing in prison. My trans brothers and sisters are being murdered all over this gun loving country.

    • Something tells me the perps were not legal gun owners. ANd if anything, since there aren’t police on every block, you should support gu n rights for trans people so they can defend themselves.

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