DC City Council Campaign Worker Charged with Murder in Fatal Stabbing

Ellsworth Colbert charged with second-degree murder in the death of his neighbor

Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:56 PM EDT
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An argument over a dog may have led to a fatal stabbing in D.C. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

Derrick Ward

An argument over a dog may have led to a fatal stabbing in D.C. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

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Neighbor Accused of Fatally Stabbing Southeast Neighbor

Police are holding Ellsworth Colbert, 56, in the fatal stabbing of his neighbor, 37-year old Robert Wright on Saturday. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.
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A campaign worker for the D.C. City Council was arrested on second-degree murder charges Sunday morning.

Police said that Ellsworth Colbert, 56, has been accused of stabbing his neighbor, 37-year-old Robert Wright earlier that day. Wright was found in the 3600 block of Highwood Drive in Southeast. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Witnesses tell News4 the incident happened while the victim was walking a dog, which may have been a catalyst to a confrontation between the two men.

Colbert had previously worked for Ward 7 candidate Kevin “B” Chavous. In a statement, Chavous said: “(Wright) needs to face whatever justice is handed down by the court” if the allegations are found to be true. Colbert did not have a leadership role in campaign efforts.

Court papers indicate Colbert was barred from the Wilson Building for making threatening comments towards a member of Council Chair Kwame Brown's staff on January 21, 2011.

According to court papers, Colbert met with Charles Mason, who works in Brown's community outreach office in the Wilson Building, to express his dissatisfaction with city services.  Colbert grew increasingly agitated during the interview, according to papers, and eventually threatened Mason with injury, allegedly saying, "Don't make me go Southeast on you."

Court paperwork also indicates Colbert had been previously barred from the Wilson Building on July 10, 2009, for a cause unspecified.

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