Second Arrest Made in D.C. Vendor's Death

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Second Arrest Made in D.C. Vendor's Death

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Leroy Studevant was Washington's first murder of 2012.

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Police have made another arrest in what was the first homicide in the District back in 2012.

Mark Anthony Coats, 28, of Northeast D.C. was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder while armed.

On New Year's Eve 2011, the body of Leroy Studevant, 56, was found alongside a creek in Northeast's Marvin Gaye Park. His death was ruled a homicide the following day, Jan. 1.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death was strangulation associated with piercing blunt-force trauma.

Studevant was a vendor at Eastern Market, selling bottled water and newspapers.

Police arrested another Northeast D.C. man last May in connection with the case. Alex Jerome Carter, 31, is charged with second-degree murder while armed, the Associated Press reported.

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