Defense Discusses Plans To Test DNA Evidence For Defendant Accused Of Shooting Ex-Girlfriend

During an Aug. 3 hearing, defense counsel for a homicide defendant discussed plans for testing DNA and ballistics evidence for a trial set to begin in May of 2023. 

Carson Posey, 22, is charged with first-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection to the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Shantal Hill on April 15, 2020, on the 1200 block of North Capitol Street, NW. Hill suffered multiple gunshot wounds and succumbed to her injuries a few hours later. 

According to court documents, a police officer who was rendering aid to Hill before she was transported to a local hospital asked who shot her. Hill said Posey, her ex-boyfriend, shot her. 

Defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman and the prosecution said laboratories are  behind with DNA  testing because of the number of  trials that are set this fall. The prosecution estimates the testing would be completed by the end of August. However, a report would not be ready until after Labor day. 

Cadman said the defense would independently test DNA evidence from Hill’s cell phone and sim card. However, parties are having trouble unlocking the phone due to technical issues. 

DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt told the court that if the DNA testing comes back before the end of August, parties can schedule to come back to court earlier. 

“I just want to keep you guys talking and make everything as smooth as possible,” Judge Brandt told both parties. “It sounds like you are working nicely together in the sandbox of justice.”