Justin Jouvenal

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering courts, policing and technology

Education: MA New York University

Justin Jouvenal covers courts and policing in Fairfax County and across the nation. He has covered MS-13, Ebola and the Freddie Gray case.
Latest from Justin Jouvenal

Late at night on a deserted beach, she found a 15 million-year-old fossil

Emily Bzdyk found a rare intact skull of a dolphin-like creature that once swam in the waters off Calvert County, Maryland. It could be a new species.

August 27, 2023

Mother of 6-year-old who shot teacher pleads guilty to child neglect

Deja Taylor owned the gun authorities say the boy used to shoot first-grade teacher Abigail Zwerner at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News, Va.

August 15, 2023

She confronted a 6-year-old seconds after he shot his teacher

In an interview with the Washington Post, Amy Kovac described for the first time holding the child after he shot and wounded his first-grade teacher.

August 9, 2023

Man who posed as federal law enforcement sentenced to nearly 6 years

Haider Ali and Arian Taherzadeh were credible enough to ingratiate themselves with four Secret Service agents and scam a luxury D.C. apartment building.

August 8, 2023

DNA expert testifies evidence suggests men innocent in 1997 killing

Three men convicted in the slaying of a 70-year-old woman in the Philadelphia suburbs argue new DNA tests point to another perpetrator. Prosecutors reject that contention.

July 25, 2023

New DNA tests cast doubt on convictions in decades-old murder

Attorneys for 3 men imprisoned in the 1997 killing of a Pennsylvania woman argue DNA points to a single unidentified suspect. They are seeking a new trial.

July 23, 2023

Five people leaving a funeral shot on a bridge in Bladensburg

Police are investigating a shooting in Bladensburg on Friday afternoon.

July 14, 2023

For Ukrainians isolated by war, English lessons offer a lifeline

Informal lessons through a volunteer network launched in the D.C. region have become much more than online language classes.

July 14, 2023

Va. Supreme Court finds state improperly held inmate

The case centered around a 2020 law that expanded inmates’ ability to be released early by logging good behavior credits.

July 7, 2023

Climate change could swamp this island. Home sales are surging.

Maryland’s iconic Smith Island faces one of the nation’s most dire forecasts for rising seas, but home sales are surging.

July 5, 2023