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Man convicted again in beating of elderly street vendor

A man accused of beating and robbing an elderly vendor near George Washington University in 2005 has been convicted for a second time in the case.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that 54-year-old James Dorsey was found guilty of attacking Vasiliki Fotopoulos, who sold umbrellas, caps and other items near the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

Dorsey was found guilty in 2006 and sentenced to 14 years in prison, but the D.C. Court of Appeals overturned the conviction in 2013 and ordered a new trial. The appellate court said police violated Dorsey's rights by handcuffing him to a chair and questioning him after he asked for an attorney and said he didn't want to talk.

Sentencing was set for August.





Man Selling Corn on Street Shot, Injured

A street vendor is recovering from surgery after being shot several times in Bell Tuesday night.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. on the 6800 block of San Luis Avenue. Police say the victim was selling corn when he was approached by one or two male suspects.

The victim was shot three times. He underwent surgery overnight and is expected to survive.

The motive for the shooting remains under investigation. Police say there were a lot of people in the area at the time.

Anyone who witnessed the incident was asked to call Bell police at (323) 585-1245.