2 Defendants Maintain Release Status After Violating Conditions

A DC Superior Court judge presided over nine pretrial and probation show cause hearings on Sept. 30. 

Tayshawn Brice-Hayes was 16 minutes late for his pretrial show cause hearing. 

Brice-Hayes, 18, is charged with carrying a pistol without a licence outside a home or business and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. 

On Aug. 29, Brice-Hayes was in the backseat of a car that struck the front of a store on the 1800 block of 14 Street, NW, right in front of a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) patrol car, according to court documents. The defendant allegedly fled the scene, but dropped a black firearm in the alley in which he was eventually apprehended. 

Brice-Hayes is currently on pretrial release under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP.) The Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) reported that he has violated his home confinement order three times. 

“It’s his unfamiliarity with strict compliance that led to these violations,” said defense attorney Kevin Oliver. 

“He has every incentive to comply,” said Judge Gerald Fisher. “If he’s noncompliant at the next hearing, I will recommend that his conditions of release be revoked.”

Judge Fisher continued a pretrial show cause hearing for a 31-year-old defendant charged with first-degree child sex abuse and simple assault. 

The defendant allegedly got a victim pregnant at the age of 15. The victim’s mother kicked her out and the girl moved in with the defendant. After the child was born, the victim and the defendant got into a custody argument and he allegedly strangled her.

Once investigated by the Youth and Family Services Division, they discovered that the victim was allegedly unaware of the defendant’s true age and believed he was 19 years old. 

During the pretrial show cause hearing Sept. 30, the prosecution requested that the defendant’s release be revoked. 

“Each time he was released he went out and assaulted a different woman,” said the prosecution. 

The defendant has picked up three other ongoing domestic violence cases during his time on pretrial release. 

The defendant also showed up 30 minutes late for his hearing. Judge Fisher warned him that his frequent tardiness does not reflect well on him. 

The defendant will continue to be monitored on HISP. Judge Fisher scheduled the show cause hearing to continue on Oct. 19. 

Jessica Williams was not present for her pretrial show cause hearings.

Williams, 32, is charged with simple assault for allegedly spitting on the victims and a MPD officer. Once searched, MPD officers found her allegedly in possession of a crack pipe. 

Williams is facing charges of simple assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and contempt. 

Williams has been a complete loss of contact with the PSA, and she has been re-arrested twice while on pretrial release. 

Defense attorney Elizabeth Miller said her client is homeless and has mental health issues. Williams does not own a phone, which makes it difficult for her to contact Miller and to stay in compliance with her release conditions. 

Judge Fisher issued a bench warrant for Williams’ arrest. 

Christion Cooper was arrested on the 100 block of Ridge Road, SE, on Jan. 23 after MPD officers were tipped off about the defendant carrying a firearm. 

Cooper, 19, is charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of an unregistered firearm. 

Judge Fisher dismissed the show cause hearing after warning Cooper that he is required to call the PSA weekly. 

Michael Garvin appeared before Judge Fisher for a pretrial show cause hearing due to his sporadic contact with the PSA. 

Garvin, 27, is charged with carrying a pistol without a licence outside a home or business. 

Garvin’s attorney, Jacqueline Williams, said that PSA’s phone system has been unreliable as of late, which is partly to blame for her client’s gaps in check-ins. 

Judge Fisher dismissed the show cause, but warned Garvin that he must call in weekly and leave a message if he cannot get through to the PSA. 

Yvette Revers’ probation show cause hearing was rescheduled for April 5 so that the hearing could come after her arraignment for another arrest.

Revers, 33, is on probation for destruction of property less than $1,000 in a 2019 misdemeanor case. She is also on probation for a cruelty to children charge in a felony domestic violence offense. 

On June 24, Revers was rearrested for simple assault and destruction of property less than $1,000 at a residence in Southeast, DC. The residence is the same one that Revers was already convicted for destruction of property in 2019. 

Aside from her re-arrest, Revers has been otherwise compliant with her probation requirements.

Judge Fisher granted the defense’s request to continue the probation show cause after Revers arraignment is completed at the end of March. 

Jarrad Childs was present for his probation show cause hearing. 

Jarrad was sentenced under the Youth Rehabilitation Act (YRA) to 2 years in prison with 18 months suspended, plus two years of probation for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. 

CSOSA requested that Childs’ probation be revoked due to his re-arrest in Maryland and multiple GPS and curfew violations.  

The show cause hearing will continue on Nov. 18 to see if Childs has come back into compliance. 

A domestic violence defendant was absent from his probation show cause hearing because he is being detained in Maryland on charges of armed robbery, possession of a handgun, assault and theft. 

The defendant is charged in DC with simple assault, attempted possession of a prohibited weapon, contempt, and destruction of property less than $1,000. 

The show cause hearing will continue once his charges in Maryland are resolved. 

Clarence Kenney, 25, is on probation for carrying a pistol without a licence outside a home or business. 

The case was not officially called since both the defendant and defense council were not present. The case was scheduled without an official time, so Judge Fisher said it was likely that the defense did not receive proper notice of the hearing.

This story was written by Sierra Robbins