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2 Men Indicted In Murder Of 18-Year-Old Latisha Frazier

4:03 PM, Nov 2, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wednesday, two men were indicted on charges of first degree felony murder, first degree premeditated murder, and other offenses stemming from the dismemberment and slaying of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier.

Brian Gaither, 23, and Johnnie Sweet, 17, both of Washington, D.C., were indicted by a grand jury in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. They were also indicted on charges of kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence.

Gaither is also charged with obstruction of justice for his attempts to suborn perjury on his behalf at trial.

Gaither and Sweet have been in custody since their arrests in January. They will be arraigned Nov. 3.

Frazier was kidnapped and murdered in Southeast Washington in August 2010. The defendants' tried to dismember and dispose of her body in a nearby dumpster. 

Frazier was reported missing and for months, her disappearance was unsolved. Her body has yet to be recovered.

In all, five people have been arrested in the case.

The indictment also charges the defendants with "aggravating circumstances." The indictment charges that the murder was "especially heinous, atrocious, and cruel" and that it was also "committed during the course of a kidnapping." If these aggravating circumstances are found by a jury at trial, the defendants could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of release.

The case remains under investigation.

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