District Man Found Guilty of Murder and Related Charges for Killing Man in Apartment Building Lobby in Southeast Washington

District Man Found Guilty of Murder and Related Charges for Killing Man in Apartment Building Lobby in Southeast Washington

            WASHINGTON – Shaka Haltiwanger, 23, of Washington, D.C., has been found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder while armed and related charges stemming from a mid-morning shooting that took place on September 10, 2021 in an apartment building lobby in Southeast Washington, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Chief Robert J. Contee III, of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

            Haltiwanger was found guilty by a jury on Mar. 22, 2023, following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, of second-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, carrying a pistol without a license, and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. The Honorable Rainey Brandt scheduled sentencing for May 23, 2023.

            According to the government’s evidence, on Sept. 10, 2021, just before 11:30 a.m., the victim, Anthony Kelley, 39, arrived at his father’s apartment building at 1400 29th Street SE to take his father—who had suffered a stroke and could not drive—to the grocery store. When Mr. Kelley entered his father’s apartment, he found Haltiwanger on the living room couch.  Haltiwanger had been regularly selling crack cocaine to Mr. Kelley’s father. Mr. Kelley confronted Haltiwanger and physically removed him from the apartment. Haltiwanger and Mr. Kelley continued to argue in the hallway and stairwell of the apartment building until Mr. Kelley separated himself and began to walk away toward the building’s front door. Haltiwanger then removed a 9 mm “ghost gun” equipped with a 50-round magazine drum from his backpack and shot Mr. Kelley once in the back. The gun jammed after the first shot, and Haltiwanger fled the scene. Haltiwanger and others then proceeded to call multiple eyewitnesses to the shooting more than a dozen times using blocked phone numbers while the eyewitnesses were speaking to law enforcement on scene.

            Haltiwanger was arrested in the murder case on September 30, 2021. He has been in custody ever since. At the time of the murder, Haltiwanger was on release in a pending gun and drug case in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

            In announcing the verdict, U.S. Attorney Graves and Chief Contee commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the U.S. Marshals Service and FBI CAST team. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Donovan, Deputy Chief of the Homicide Section, and Dan Lenerz of the Appellate Section; Investigative Analyst Zachary McMenamin; Victim/Witness Advocate Jennifer Allen; Victim/Witness Security Specialists Robert Cephas, Marlon Hernandez, and Lesley Slade; Supervisory Victim/Witness Service Coordinator Katina Adams-Washington; Paralegal Specialists Meridith McGarrity and Grazy Rivera; and Supervisory Litigation Technology Specialist Leif Hickling.  

            Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gregory Kimak and Charles R. Jones, who investigated, indicted, and prosecuted the case.

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