Four suspects in Latisha Frazier murder waive right to preliminary hearing


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One of six people charged with murdering 18-year-old Latisha Frazier will have a status hearing today.

Brian Gaither is scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Frazier disappeared in August and police believe her body is in a landfill in Richmond.

Gaither’s attorney says the District should have to at least try to find her body, but D.C. police say recovery in a landfill that size could cost up to $2, 000,000.

UPDATE 11:17 Four of the five suspects arrested in connection with Fraizer's murder waived their right to a preliminary hearing Friday, February 11, ABC7 News reports. A lawyer for the fifth suspect, Brian Gaither, requested an time extension to meet with his client. The next court date has been set for March 4, 2011.


Police on Thursday arrested two more suspects in connection with the murder and disappearance of 18-year-old Latisha Frazier, who went missing in the summer.

Police said Thursday’s arrests are the last in the case. Police now have arrested a total of six people who authorities allege are connected to Frazier’s death.

The two most recent suspects have not been identified but police said they are a girl and man.

Already in custody is 23-year-old Brian Gaither, who admitted to police that he choked the young woman but didn’t kill her. Police also arrested 17-year-old Johnny Sweet, who lured Frazier to the apartment on the 1700 block of Trenton Place SE, according to court documents. At the apartment were three girls waiting to beat her up, court records state, and Sweet took part in stomping the victim.

The group is accused of binding Frazier with duct tape and, two days after Latisha died, dismembering her and dumping her remains in the trash.

Two teenage girls, 16-year-old Anneka Nelson and 18-year-old Cinthya Proctor, were arraigned Thursday as adults and charged with Frazier’s slaying.

Last Saturday, Frazier’s 3-year-old daughter Diamond Frazier, along with friends, family and D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, gathered outside the apartment where Frazier is alleged to have been killed.

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