Killer of Bill Mitchell Pleads Guilty

Shooting Followed Attempted Robbery

Anthony Speight, Jr., 23 years of age, of Washington, DC, pled guilty this week the January 2011 slaying of Bill Mitchell. The murder followed a robbery attempt in Northwest Washington. Mitchell is the brother of Megan Shapiro, a resident of Capitol Hill, and a Realtor with ReMax Allegiance.

Speight entered the guilty plea in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Hon. Russell F. Canan scheduled sentencing for Nov. 30. Speight faces a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison.

According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 19, 2011, shortly after 11 p.m., Speight was riding a bicycle at Florida Ave. and North Capitol St. NW. As Speight crossed the intersection, he approached a young woman and unsuccessfully propositioned her for sex. Turned away, Speight then continued across the intersection and approached Bill Mitchell, 33, who was walking home from a nearby Metro station.

While still on his bicycle, Speight demanded money from Mitchell threatening him with a revolver. The young woman, who was still standing nearby, intervened saying she would dial 911. She then pulled out her cell. Speight knocked the phone out of her hand, and then repeatedly ran over it with his bike. When the woman attempted to retrieve it, Mitchell jumped on Speight’s back. They fell to the ground struggling. During the tussle, Speight pulled out his revolver and shot Mitchell four times.

Speight’s sentencing will finally bring some closure to Bill Mitchell's family.

For updated information, visit the Bill Mitchell Investigation Blog.

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