After being arrested for allegedly assaulting a family member, a domestic violence defendant appeared in court asking to be released.
Defense attorney Sellano Simmons came into the Feb. 14 hearing with an optimistic attitude, giving several court attendees a thumbs-up as he entered. His client is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly attacking a family member with brass knuckles that have a knife attachment. During the proceedings, Simmons asked DC Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan to release the defendant from DC Jail on GPS monitoring.
Simmons said his client could not live with his fiancé when released because she resides in Virginia, outside the court’s jurisdiction, but is planning on staying at a homeless shelter for the time being.
After looking over documents related to the case, Judge Ryan said he was shocked at the violent nature of the alleged crime. “This seems to be the action of someone who is out of control,” he said.
The family member suffered serious stab wounds and spent several days in the hospital, Judge Ryan continued. He denied the release request.
Simmons said he is waiting on the prosecution to offer a plea deal. The prosecutor said they should have one ready within the next few weeks so Simmons could go over it with his client.
The next hearing in this case is set to take place on March 9.