Armed Carjacking Defendant Ruled Mentally Competent to Stand Trial

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DC Superior Court Renee Raymond ruled an armed carjacking defendant was mentally competent to stand trial on June 21. 

Tony Walker, 28, is charged with armed carjacking, first-degree theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Walker was allegedly involved in a carjacking on the 400 block of Marietta Place, NW on Jan. 10. 

Walker’s defense attorney, Terrance Austin, requested there to be a continuance for the preliminary hearing, which was also set on June 21, for him and Walker to discuss what mental competency means for their case. 

Judge Raymond said this preliminary has been continued “a lot of times.” She accepted this request for continence, but said for their next meeting, the preliminary hearing will happen or Walker will waive his right to a preliminary hearing. 

According to court documents, the victim was preparing to take a friend to the airport when Walker walked up behind him, demanded his keys and his wallet, and pistol-whipped him. Walker drove off with the victim’s iPhone still inside.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) found the victim’s car by using Find my iPhone, according to court documents. When MPD found Walker, they also discovered he was in possession of another vehicle that was also stolen on the same night. 

Parties are set to reconvene on June 27.

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