2nd Woman Arrested, Charged With Robbery in Connection With Donovan Hotel Murder

A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a D.C. lawyer inside a upscale hotel.

D.C. police arrested 19-year-old Dominique Johnson on Wednesday morning. She is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

Another woman, Jamyra Gallmon, 21, was arrested April 1 and charged with first-degree felony murder while armed in the death of David Messerschmit, who was found stabbed to death at the Donovan Hotel in February.

Gallmon allegedly told authorities she went to the hotel intending to rob the victim after corresponding online via Craigslist. According to charging documents obtained by News4 last week, Messerschmit published a post on Craigslist on Feb. 9, seeking responses from other men. Authorities say Gallmon responded to the ad using a man's name.

Authorities say Gallmon, of Southeast D.C., admitted to stabbing Messerschmit during an altercation in his hotel room.

Police have not provided additional details on Johnson's alleged connection to the case.

Sources told News4 she had prior knowledge about the robbery plot, was with Gallmon before and after the homicide, and benefited from the items stolen from Messerschmitt.

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