Attorneys Struggle with Video Evidence in Murder Case

Attorneys are experiencing technical issues with video evidence in a murder case.

William Davenport, 29, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 27-year-old Leonard Turner to death on May 14, 2021, on the 1700 block of Trinidad Avenue, NE.

Evidence in this case includes video footage of the defendant being robbed the night before the homicide as well as footage of the incident itself.

The footage from the night before cannot be viewed by attorneys on either side. During a Feb. 15 hearing, defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman said this is a Brady issue, referring to a prosecutor’s obligation to turn exculpatory evidence over to the defense. However, the prosecution does not agree.

The defense is planning to file a motion on the video. In the meantime, the prosecutor will respond to a defense motion requesting Davenport’s release from DC Jail. 

Video footage from the homicide itself has also had issues, with only the prosecution being able to view it.

The court is scheduled to reconvene on March 16 to discuss motions regarding the video footage.