FIRST ON FOX: Woman arrested in murder of DC lawyer at Donovan Hotel

Police have arrested a woman in the murder of a lawyer found dead in a room at the Donovan Hotel in February, as first reported by FOX 5's Paul Wagner.

D.C. police arrested 21-year-old Jamyra Gallmon of Southeast at around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is charged with first degree felony murder while armed.

David Messerschmitt was found stabbed to death inside a fourth floor room at the trendy D.C. hotel on February 10.


According to court documents, officers found blood on the floor, walls and the door of the room. A wallet was found next to Messerschmitt with various credit cards and identifying documents spread throughout the room.

The affidavit says credit cards, an HP computer, lubricant, condom, enema, cell phone, bedding, watch, towel, curtain and swabs were some of the evidence seized in the search. Fingerprints were also found in the room.

D.C. police released surveillance video and photographs of a person of interest seen coming into the hotel and walking up some stairs. 

Last week, Messerschmitt's wife Kim Vuong spoke out publicly for the first time since the killing. She urged the public to take a close look at the surveillance images.

Vuong released a statement Thursday regarding the arrest. "I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police Department for their hard work and continued diligence," she said. "I have faith that the police and the courts will bring justice to David and all who loved him. I will have no further comment until his case is resolved and I continue to ask for privacy for me and family."

Gallmon will appear before a judge at D.C. Superior Court on Thursday.

Police are also seeking more information from the public. They say Gallmon used the email address Chrissanchez0906@yahoo.com and they want to hear from anyone who may have had any contact with the address. 

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