Judge Will Reconsider Homicide Defendant’s Pretrial Release

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A DC Superior Court judge will reconsider a homicide defendant’s pretrial release, per the prosecution’s request.

Nelfy Hernandez, 17, and his two co-defendants are charged with first-degree murder while armed for their alleged roles in the death of 17-year-old Taijhon Wyatt, Jr. Hernandez, as well as 16-year-old Trey Prillerman and 19-year-old Deandre Levy are accused of shooting from a vehicle into a crowd of juveniles on the 5500 block of 9th Street, NW on Aug. 10, 2020. 

Hernandez was alleged to have removed his GPS monitor in a separate case, causing “… a complete loss of contact from Dec. 4 until his arrest from this case,” said Judge Danya Dayson.

However, defense attorney Douglas Wood argued that his actions in the past should not affect any decisions on this current case. 

“He didn’t flee, didn’t try to hide out, and didn’t do anything to avoid his capture,” Wood said. 

Judge Dayson said Hernandez “failed to comply with the very condition that I have found to be the least restrictive means to ensure the safety of the community.”

Judge Dayson granted the motion for reconsideration. A hearing on the matter will be held on April 1. 

Brennan Fiske wrote this article. 

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