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Suspect's DNA found on knife used to kill D.C. runner Wendy Martinez, authorities say

Anthony Crawford, left (courtesy of William Hennessy); Wendy Martinez (courtesy photo)

DNA from the man charged in the death of a woman running near her apartment in Logan Circle was found on a knife used in the fatal stabbing, authorities said.

During a preliminary hearing Thursday, federal prosecutors said 23-year-old Anthony Marquell Crawford’s blood was found on the knife, as well as an umbrella near the scene of the stabbing.

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Crawford, of Northwest D.C., faces a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 35-year-old Wendy Martinez, who was running in Logan Circle when she was fatally stabbed around 8 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the 1400 block of 11th Street, NW.

Crawford was arrested and charged two days after the murder, which police have called a “random” and unprovoked” attack. When detectives took Crawford in for questioning, he said he knew it was because they wanted to ask him about the "stabbing of that little girl."

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Charging documents quote an acquaintance of Crawford who said he is an avid user of synthetic narcotic K2, a drug linked to bizarre behavior. Court records also say he has a history of paranoia and drug use.

Martinez was stabbed six times in the head and neck, and once in the back, police said.

Martinez, a Georgetown University graduate originally from Florida, worked as the chief of staff at D.C.-based software, data, and media company FiscalNote. She had gotten engaged a week before her death and was buried in her wedding dress, her family said.

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Family and friends of Martinez filled the court room for the preliminary hearing.


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