District Man Pleas Guilty to Murder of Latisha Frazier

Laurence Hassan directed the dismemberment of victim, prosecutors said

Friday, Oct 14, 2011  |  Updated 2:48 PM EDT
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D.C. Police Make 6th Arrest in Young Mother's Death

Police have arrested another suspect in the slaying of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier, a case that has haunted her family since August.

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A District man pled guilty to the murder of 18-year-old woman whose body has never been found.

Laurence Hassan, 22, pled guilty to taking part in the binding and beating that led to the death of Latisha Frazier.  Five others were arrested in the August 2010 murder.

According to prosecutors, Hassan invited Frazier to his home on the 1700 block of Southeast D.C.  Hassan believed Frazier had stolen $900 from him, prosecutors said, and he allegedly wanted to "teach her a lesson."

Hassan lured Frazier to his bedroom, prosecutors said, and then locked her there while the rest of the group beat her.  Hassan then helped bind her and place her into a closet in the apartment, prosecutors said, as she cried and asked for help.  Detectives said a sheet was taped in place over her head to keep her from screaming.

Police said that Frazier died in the closet.  Sources said that in order to determine whether she was still alive, the group of six poked her body with a stick.  Hassan and the five others allegedly kept the body in his apartment for two days.  Prosecutors said it was Hassan that directed the others to dismember the body in a bathtub, and then take the remains out to a dumpster.

Her remains have not been found.

Hassan pled guilty to second-degree murder, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.  On July 29, Cinthya Proctor, a teenager, also pled guilty to her part in Frazier's murder.

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