Joe Washington

Case Open since 2011.

On 10-06-2011, Joe Washington (32-years-old) was found deceased in his car, after it hit a utility pole and caught on fire near 88 Folly Road in St. Helena at approximately 11:30 pm. Further investigation revealed Washington died as result of a gunshot wound. It was surmised, Washington had been shot in the roadway and then sped off; at which time he lost control and struck the pole. The fire was believed caused by brush under Washington’s vehicle

A handgun was recovered inside Washington’s vehicle during the crime scene examination. The handgun was compared to the projectiles and casings recovered from Julius Chaplin’s murder, which occurred the night before. The handgun forensically matched one of the two firearms used in the murder of Chaplin.

The motive for Washington’s murder is believed to be retaliation for the murder of Chaplin. 


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