11 Defendants Held During Initial Hearings, Including Murder Defendant

DC Superior Court Judge James Crowell held 11 of the 30 defendants during presentment hearings on Oct. 8. 

Dohn Harmon is charged with murder while armed, for allegedly being involved in the July 1 shooting of Kelvin Goggins on the 1800 block of Q Street, SE.

According to court documents, Harmon told Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers on Oct. 8 that he was the driver in the murder and that Goggins was not the intended target. He refuses to say who else was involved in the murder. 

Harmon, 21, was held by Judge Crowell without bail. 

Charles Sherman, 35, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Sherman allegedly attacked three people with a knife on the intersection of 19 Street and M Street, NW, on Oct. 7. 

With 10 prior convictions and the seriousness of the offense, Judge Crowell decided to hold the defendant.  

James Manago, 37, was yet again arraigned on charges of destruction of property for allegedly doing the exact same crime within 24 hours of his presentment. 

Judge Crowell held the defendant since it only took him less than a day to reoffend. 

Brian Lindsay, 32, was detained by Judge Crowell for unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction. 

On Oct. 7, Lindsay was allegedly shooting two firearms into the air before he was confronted and subdued by a resident in a nearby building on the 2900 block of Erie Street, SE. 

Lindsay appeared via video from DC Jail and was noticeably injured. He claimed that he had been shot, which was not mentioned in court documents. 

Bernard Coleman III has three outstanding bench warrants and is a fugitive from Maryland for a probation violation on a robbery conviction. 

Coleman, 27, has also picked up two new felony cases for kidnapping and prisoner escape. 

Judge Crowell held Coleman on his fugitive charge and for both of the felony charges. Maryland will have three business days to come and collect him for the fugitive matter. 

A male defendant is charged with second-degree child sex abuse and was detained by Judge Crowell. 

The defendant allegedly had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and he has a history of sexual offenses against minors on his record. 

A male domestic violence defendant was detained by Judge Crowell on charges of simple assault, destruction of property and contempt. 

The defendant has a previous stay away order that he allegedly violated allegedly attacking the same victim within five months of his first offense.

Two additional domestic violence defendants were held due to ongoing charges and for violating their release orders. 

Deonte Day, 19, is charged with leaving after colliding which resulted in property damage, leaving after colliding which resulted in personal injury, reckless driving, and driving without a permit. 

Although Day was released in this matter, he was held on a separate warrant. 

Raynetta Williams was held by Judge Crowell for a fugitive from justice charge. She will be held in custody until Maryland can come to collect her within the next three business days. 

Judge Crowell released five felony defendants with charges of carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and outstanding bench warrants for failing to appear. The three defendants charged with distribution of marijuana were all given stay away orders from the areas they were arrested in. 

Six domestic violence defendants were also released. Five of those defendants were given stay away orders, while one was given the order to not Harass, Assault, Threaten, or Stalk (HATS) the victim. 

Judge Crowell ordered all four fugitive defendants to turn themselves in to the jurisdiction where their arrest warrants initiated from. Two defendants will need to go to Maryland, one needs to go to both Maryland and Virginia, and the final defendant has two weeks to turn himself in to Colorado authorities. 

Additionally, Judge Crowell released four more defendants on misdemeanor and traffic charges. 

Sierra Robbins wrote this article

Follow this case