Defense gets Time to Review DNA Evidence in Non-Fatal Shooting Case

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DC Superior Court Judge Jason Park granted the defense until June 23 to file a motion that would potentially limit DNA evidence introduced on May 22. 

Demonte Gibson, 26, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting that occurred on Dec. 7, 2021 on the 1400 block of Fairmont Street, NW. 

According to court documents, the victim was out grabbing something to eat when Gibson allegedly shot him in the left leg, then stole cash that fell out of his pockets. 

During the hearing, defense attorneys raised concerns about the admissibility and accuracy of recently introduced DNA evidence about a firearm. 

After discussion between the parties, an extension was granted by Judge Park for the defense to consider filing a motion, which seeks to exclude unqualified expert testimony, while also independently evaluating disclosed evidence. 

The prosecution requested a trial date be set but that request was denied by Judge Park. 

The next status hearing is set for July 14.

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