April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. police say gay murder linked to sex and drugs
Sean Anderson, gay news, Washington Blade

Sean Anderson was killed last month. (Photo courtesy MPD)

D.C. police homicide detectives learned from at least two witnesses that a 35-year-old District man arrested on Monday for the March 24 shooting death of gay D.C. resident Sean Anderson, 48, was invited by Anderson to Anderson’s apartment on the night of the murder to have sex in exchange for crack cocaine, according to a 13-page arrest affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court.

Police said in a statement that members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on Monday arrested Jerome Wilson of Southeast D.C. on a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection with Anderson’s death.

The arrest affidavit says an autopsy conducted the day after Anderson was found dead in his apartment by his roommate shows that he died from a single gunshot wound to his head, which penetrated his brain.

According to the arrest affidavit, two witnesses, one of whom was Anderson’s roommate, told police they saw Wilson inside Anderson’s 10th floor apartment at the Marbury Plaza apartments on Good Hope Rd., S.E. on Friday evening, March 23.

Another witness who has known Anderson for 15 years and also knew Wilson told police homicide detectives that Anderson crossed paths with him and Wilson on the afternoon of March 23, on the street on Minnesota Avenue, S.E., the affidavit says. It says the witness, identified as Witness 2, told detectives Anderson indicated he knew Wilson and later invited Wilson to his apartment that evening.

The affidavit says Witness 2 told detectives Anderson was gay and that “he engaged in sexual activities with men in exchange for drugs and money.”

The other witness, listed in the affidavit as Witness 3, told detectives Wilson called him and invited him to join him and Anderson at Anderson’s apartment to engage in possible sex with several women who Wilson said were at the apartment, according to the affidavit.

When Witness 3 arrived at the apartment, much to his surprise, there were no women, the affidavit says he told police. Instead, he saw that Wilson and Anderson were the only ones present and that Anderson was “completely naked,” the affidavit says.

“Witness 3 said that the decedent [Anderson] gave Witness 3 a piece of cocaine and gave Wilson a piece,” the affidavit continues. “The men were all sitting on the couch watching pornography on the television,” it says.

“According to Witness 3, Wilson then stood up and pulled down his pants. The decedent began performing oral sex on Wilson,” the affidavit says. Witness 3 told detectives Anderson then invited Witness 3 to join in and Anderson performed oral sex on him, the affidavit says.

The affidavit says that a short time later Anderson’s roommate, who is identified in the affidavit as Witness 1, entered the apartment but left the apartment minutes later at Anderson’s request. Witness 3 told detectives that when he left the apartment a short time later, leaving Wilson and Anderson by themselves, he saw the roommate sitting in the lobby as he exited the building, the affidavit says.

It says the roommate told police he decided to spend the night someplace else and didn’t return to the apartment he and Anderson shared until the next day, when he saw Anderson lying on the couch naked and partially covered by a blanket appearing to be asleep. When he saw Anderson in the same position over an hour later he found Anderson unresponsive and called 911, the affidavit says.

It was at that time that police and emergency medical services workers determined Anderson was deceased.

The affidavit says that based on information provided to them from Witness 2, who was friends with both Wilson and Anderson, homicide detectives approached Wilson on March 29 outside his residence on Chesapeake Street, S.E., and asked him if he would agree to be interviewed voluntarily and Wilson agreed.

During that interview Wilson confirmed much of Witness 3’s account that Anderson invited Wilson to his apartment and once there Anderson asked him to invite another guy to join the two. Wilson confirmed he invited Witness 3 via text message to come to the apartment, the affidavit says.

The affidavit, meanwhile, says Wilson told detectives that he left Anderson’s apartment first and that it was Witness 3 and Anderson who remained there after his departure.

However, according to the affidavit, detectives observed video recordings from the Marbury Plaza’s extensive video camera surveillance system and found that it was Witness 3, not Wilson, that left the apartment first. The video shows Witness 3 entering the 10th floor elevator and leaving the elevator in the lobby before exiting the building at about 10:55 p.m. on March 23, the affidavit states.

About an hour later, at 11:59 p.m., the video cameras captured Wilson entering the 10th floor elevator and taking it to the lobby.

“He is observed handling what appears to be a wallet and putting it in his jacket while on the elevator,” the affidavit says. “He leaves the building immediately upon reaching the lobby,” it says.

The affidavit doesn’t say whether the wallet Wilson was holding in the video belonged to Anderson. It says that Witness 2 told detectives that he saw Wilson in the recent past “in possession of a pistol,” which he described as an “old time gun with a wooden handle and the thing in the middle that spins around for bullets.”

Witness 3, the affidavit says, told detectives “Wilson has a serious drug problem and said he does not know if Wilson was capable of hurting someone to get money for drugs.” The affidavit adds that Witness 3 said he never saw Wilson in possession of a weapon but that Wilson “had recently sent him a photograph of a semi-automatic pistol.”

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered Wilson held without bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for the case on May 18.

Veteran D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd said she has known Anderson for many years and that he self-identified as a gay man who sometimes dressed in women’s clothes, possibly to perform in drag.

“Sean was very beautiful and very talented,” Budd said. “He was a wonderful singer,” said Budd, who added that Anderson performed in talent shows.

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

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