Court Update: May 5

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On May 5, judges at the DC Superior Courthouse released one inmate.

There were seven hearings that were not in relation to emergency releases because of COVID-19. Three of those hearings were sentencings where two men were sentenced and another defendant’s sentencing was rescheduled. Three hearing were vacated and a hearing was continued to another day.

Three bond review hearings were also rescheduled.

In total there were 14 defendants that had cases. A majority of the cases were for bond review hearings. You can read about each case on

Travis Russell’s release upheld by a judge on May 5.

Travis Russell, 35, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing Michael Hooker, 44, on the 2700 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE on May 26, 2019.

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