D.C. appeals court reverses murder conviction
The D.C. Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a man convicted of killing a cab driver.

An appeals court ruled that defendant Eric Gardner didn't get to cross-examine forensic experts in his trial for the 2004 shooting death of Andrew Kamara. The three-judge panel also said D.C. Judge James Boasberg improperly admitted other forensic expert evidence and testimony, a "cornerstone" to the prosecution's case.

Gardner was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Teen arrested in Annandale sex assaults
A 17-year-old has been arrested in connection with a series of sexual assaults in Annandale, Fairfax County police said.

Four alleged assaults took place in the Avant Apartment Complex between May 9 and June 29.

Charges against the teen, who is from the Annandale area, include three counts of sexual battery, police said.

Juvenile escapee caught in MontCo
A teen who escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Western Maryland was apprehended Wednesday in Montgomery County.

Edwin Cortez, 16, got away from the Green Ridge Youth Center in Flintstone on Sunday night.

He was found at his girlfriend's house in Gaithersburg on Wednesday afternoon, Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. Cortez's girlfriend lives in the same neighborhood as his parents, so police knew he had associates in that area, Shipley said.

Police seek man who shot at officers
Police are looking for the man who fired shots at officers in Northeast D.C., then fled into Prince George's County early Thursday morning.

The incident occurred sometime before 2 a.m. near 60th and Eastern avenues, said police spokeswoman Tisha Gant.

The officers were not hit. Police returned fire, and it's not known whether the shooter was hit, Gant said.

The shooter is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a long, gray T-shirt.

- Compiled by Emily Babay