Defense Requests Additional Funding for DNA Testing

During a Dec. 8 hearing, defense counsel requested additional funds to conduct DNA testing.

Terrence Prue, 22, is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the shooting of Bruce Wayne Gilmore on the 300th block of 22nd Street, SE on June 5, 2019. 

According to defense attorney James King, in order to submit DNA as evidence for the trial, Prue is required to pay for the testing out-of-pocket.

Faced with financial limitations, Prue is unable to afford the DNA testing. King said he believes the testing will prove the defendant’s innocence.

As such, King submitted a motion requesting additional funding from the District of Columbia to have the DNA properly tested before the set trial date on Feb. 13.

The prosecution then requested an extension for pretrial motions to which DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan granted. 

King said he plans to file motions based on evidence given to him by the prosecution; however, he is still wrapped up “in discovery,” or obtaining evidence, and is unable to do so yet.

The prosecution refuted this statement by saying they had given King all the information available in this case. 

King stated that he still has to go over large portions of the information available to him at which time he will likely “file further requests.”

Parties are scheduled to return for an additional status hearing on Jan. 13 before the February trial begins.

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