|First appearance||"The Detail" (episode 1.02)|
|Last appearance||"Mission Accomplished" (episode 3.12)|
|Reason/Cause||End of Storyline|
|Spouse|| D'Angelo Barksdale (Boyfriend, deceased)|
Stringer Bell (Boyfriend, deceased)
|Portrayed by||Shamyl Brown|
Donette is a fictional character on the HBO drama season The Wire portrayed by Shamyl Brown.
Donette was drug lieutenant D'Angelo Barksdale's girlfriend in season one and is the mother of his son. D'Angelo brought her to a party organized by his uncle, Avon Barksdale , shortly after his acquittal where she first met Stringer Bell. She worried over her financial situation often and nagged D'Angelo for money. The two of them shared a meal together in an uptown restaurant and D'Angelo tried to explain his doubts about his lifestyle to her but she dismissed his worries. D'Angelo began seeing Shardene Innes behind Donette's back during the course of the season. D'Angelo was arrested and sentenced to twenty years in prison at the end of the season.
With D'Angelo imprisoned Avon gave Donette an allowance of support money. Donette got involved with Stringer Bell while D'Angelo was in prison. She visited D'Angelo at Stringer's behest to try to ease the experience of prison for him. Stringer had mounting concerns that D'Angelo was going to reveal information about their drug dealing organization to the authorities and covertly ordered him killed and had the death made to look like a suicide.
Detective Jimmy McNulty reinvestigated D'Angelo's death and asserted that it was unlikely that he killed himself. When he tried to use this information to coerce Donette into co-operating she refused to talk to him. She passed the information that D'Angelo's death may not have been a suicide on to D'Angelo's mother Briana.
Donette is shown in the montage at the end of season three weeping in her bedroom, presumably mourning the slain Stringer Bell. Donette does not appear in season four; the Barksdale organization is of only peripheral importance once Avon is imprisoned and Stringer is dead.