D.C. men found guilty of first-degree murder of government witness


Two D.C. men were found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 slaying of a woman who was a government witness in a series of shootings in Northwest Washington.

Willie Walker Jr., 23, and Ricky Donaldson, 22, were members of a gang that operated around the LeDroit Park neighborhood in Northwest Washington. The gang, known as LDP or Westside, sold crack and was involved in other illegal activities, mainly in the Kelly Miller housing development in LeDroit Park.

In February 2008, Walker shot a 55-year-old woman several times in her legs, and later argued with another woman, Delois “Peaches” Persha, 44.

Persha told Walker that she would not be treated the same way as the other woman, and in response, Walker shot her multiple times in her torso, prosecutors said.Then as she lay on the ground, he walked over to her and shot her multiple times in the face.

Persha survived the attack, and immediately identified Walker as her assailant to police. Persha, who had grown up in LeDroit Park, was relocated out of the area for her protection.

After Walker’s arrest, he and Donaldson, began communicating about hunting down and killing the witnesses against Walker.

On Sept. 13, 2008, Donaldson located Persha, who had returned to the area of LeDroit Park, and fatally shot her multiple times in the back of the head. She died from her injuries five days later.

“There is nothing we take more seriously than prosecuting those who would dare to use violence against a witness for simply being willing to tell the truth,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. “In gunning down a witness, these gang members destroyed their own futures. The heinous actions will put them where they belong — behind bars for decades.”

Walker and Donaldson were found guilty by a jury Friday of first-degree premeditated murder while armed with aggravating circumstance, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder while armed, obstructing justice, several firearms offenses, and related criminal street gang charges.

The jury also found Walker guilty of charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to kill for two related shootings in February and March of 2008.

The defendants will be sentenced May 30 in D.C. Superior Court.



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