Sacto 9-1-1
June 13, 2013
Gang member convicted of murder near Executive airport curses jury

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Elijah Dupree Goethe of first-degree murder in the Oct. 12, 2008, shooting death of Joseph Washington on a street near Sacramento Executive Airport.

Goethe, 23, stood up and cursed the jury when the verdict was read, court officials said, and had to be restrained by sheriff's deputies.

Prosecutors said Goethe and an accomplice shot and killed Washington while he sat in a car with a friend in the 2200 block of Mangrum Avenue at 4:44 a.m. on the day of the killing.

Authorities identified the shooting as a retaliation after members of Goethe's street gang, the Oak Park Bloods, had been targeted in an earlier gun assault. There was no evidence Washington, 20, had anything to do with the earlier shooting, officials said.

Judge Patrick Marlette scheduled Goethe's sentencing for July 12. Goethe is facing a 25-to-life term, plus additional enhancements on allegations the jury found true concerning his use of a gun and membership in a street gang.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter