TheCitizens of WashingtonDC was shocked when their gay community member was murdered Dennis DolingerHis home was robbed. The police were able to catch his murderer withThe help of “cold hit,” a technique that was used for the first time by authorities in the District. Investigation Discovery’s ‘On the Case With Paula Zahn: Capitol Murder’ unravels the various complexities of the investigation process and the legalities involved in the long trial by meticulously laying down the facts. If you are intrigued to know the identity of the perpetrator as well as his current whereabouts, we’ve you covered. Let’s begin then, shall we?
How Did Dennis Dolinger Die?
BornIn 1947, Dennis McKinley DolingerThe competition was fierce Advisory Neighborhood CommissionerWho lived in 1516? Potomac AvenueIn Washington, DC. A valuable member in the community DennisHe retired from his position as a budget analyst. MetroHis murder occurred just two weeks earlier. HeHe wanted to focus more on community activities, which included his efforts in beautification of his neighborhood and the running his neighborhood. Orange Hat crime-fighting group. DennisHe was also well-known for his many dinner parties held at his home from time to time.
ThereforeIt was shocking for everyone that he was found dead in the basement. June 4, 1999. AsAccording to authorities, the 51 year-old was found with numerous stab wounds on the body. UponFurther investigation revealed that his home was robbed and ransacked. ThePolice noted that there was no evidence of forced entry and hypothesized that it might have been. DennisHis assailant knew him and probably invited them into the home. Dennis’ wallet, about $1,000 in cash, gold chains, and a diamond ring were found missing from his home.
HoweverAuthorities also found a blood trail that ran from the basement to the house and onto the sidewalk. ItIt would be crucial in solving the case, as the blood on the scene was not only from the victim but also from the entire family. DennisHe, and most likely, his assailant, also gave him the information. ThePolice thought that Dennis’ assailant was also wounded in the struggle and the blood also belonged to them. AnAccording to the autopsy report, DennisHe had been stabbed more then 25 times in the neck and head with a Philips screwdriver.
Who Killed Dennis Dolinger?
TheInvestigators quickly discovered that Dennis’ debit card had been used at a hair salon in Old Town AlexandriaJust two days after the murder. On June 10, 1999, AlexandriaPolice arrested Steven Craig Watson after Dennis’ credit card and other pieces of identification were discovered in his AlexandriaApartment on the 1500 Block of King Street. However, StevenHe was released and the murder charge against him was dropped December1999, when investigators discovered that his DNA was not compatible with the blood taken from the crime scene.
AsThe investigators tried to find a match for their blood sample but they decided to expand their search by sending the sample off to different states. The process, known as ‘cold hit’, is defined as “an identification of a suspect through scientific analysis of evidence from the crime scene when no suspects had been previously identified.” TheSample finally found a match from a database maintained and maintained by the Virginia DepartmentThis is Criminal Justice.
FurtherAnalysis by the Virginia DivisionThis is Forensic ScienceThe FBI laboratory helped investigators identify Robert P. GarrettAs their suspect. AccordingThe investigators made a determination based on an affidavit. Garrettto be used as an alias Raymond A. Jenkins38-year-old inmate of the Lorton Correctional ComplexHe was already serving a sentence of burglary. JenkinsHe was reportedly arrested several weeks after being convicted of second-degree theft.
In November1999: Blood samples were taken by investigators. JenkinsTo confirm the match TheThe arrest affidavit also stated that investigators found evidence supporting the claim of tying JenkinsWith DennisWitnesses at The Fireplace, Dupont CircleGay bar where both men and women used to hang out. ThePolice also found a witness named Anthony Scott, a friend of JenkinsFrom the Dupont Circle area. ScottHe testified that the sight he had seen was his. JenkinsHe was found with scratch marks on his arms and face a day later.
ScottFurther, he attested that he witnessed Jenkins showing off a diamond ring, a “bunch of little gold chains”, and had around $1,000 in cash – all the items that were reportedly stolen from Dennis’ residence on the day of his murder. ScottAlso, he testified that JenkinsAlways carry a PhilipsScrewdriver similar to the murder weapon in his backpack JenkinsHe was charged with first-degree murder DennisArrested in January 2000.
Is Raymond A. Jenkins Alive?
After Raymond A. JenkinsHe was convicted for armed burglary, first degree murder while armed and possession of a prohibited gun. He was also convicted of assault with intent rob while armed. JenkinsMaximum 30 years in prison October 2006. However, JenkinsHe appealed against the verdict and his sentence was overturned September 2013. TheAppeal court ruled that JenkinsHis request was denied Sixth AmendmentConstitutional right to confront his accusers Judge WinstonIncorrectly rejected Jenkins’ legal counsel’s appeal to cross-examine the laboratory analysts that found the DNA match.
EvenAfter the ruling was overturned JenkinsHe was still in prison and was offered a plea agreement in 2015 as an alternative. CourtAccording to records, JenkinsHe accepted the plea deal and waived his rights to a fresh trial. He pleaded guilty to the lower charges of one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree murder. June 18, 2015. HeReceived a new sentence of 5-15 years for the first-degree criminal burglary charge, and 20 years to live for the second-degree murder case. HoweverThe sentences were suspended for all but five and 21 years consecutively.
Judge WinstonHe also deserves credit for the 15 years that he has already spent in prison since his arrest. January2000, which reduced his sentence to 11 years. AsThe Federal BureauThis is Prisons, JenkinsHe was held in a cell at Federal Correctional Institutionat PetersburgIn Hopewell, VirginiaWith a release date of September 7, 2026. HoweverFederal records indicate that he was dead. August 30, 2021.
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