Defense Asks for Grand Jury Witnesses Names

During a status hearing Aug. 23, defense counsel asked for an original version of grand jury documents with witness names.

Demonte Hewitt, 17, and Kurt Hewitt, 19, who are cousins, have been charged with second-degree murder  while armed for their alleged role in the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Tyshon Perry.  The stabbing occurred on the 1300 block of 2nd Street, NE on May 1, 2018.

Defense counsel, James King asked that counsel provide an unredacted version of grand jury testimony so he could go over information with his client, Demonte.

King and Kurt’s counsel, Clarence Powell, also signed off on consent protective orders for Instagram accounts.

Both the defense and prosecution agreed to request independent DNA testing.

D.C. Witness previously reported that Demonte is being charges as an adult but will continued to be held at DYRS.

According to court documents, Perry had gotten into an argument with a female student from KIPP DC College Preparatory, a school in Northeast DC. The female student allegedly threatened Perry, who was later attacked by a group of men by the NOMA Gallaudet University Metro stop.

A status hearing is scheduled for Nov. 22.