Defense Requests Continuance in January Homicide

During a hearing Feb. 15, a D.C. Superior Court judge agreed to delay a preliminary hearing for a January homicide.

Alonzo Brown, Stephon Evans and Carlos Turner, 20, are charged with first-degree murder while armed for their alleged roles in the shooting death of 22-year-old Michael Taylor on the 1700 block of Benning Road, NE on Jan. 12. According to court documents, two other people were shot during the shooting.

Judge Todd Edelman granted the continuance after Brown’s defense attorney, Russell J. Hairston, said he needed more time to review case evidence.

The prosecution did not object to the continuance.

According to court documents, surveillance footage shows four armed men walking near an apartment complex on Benning Road. The men then stood in a line, shooting towards the top of a staircase. 

A witness identified Brown, 22, who he knew as “Spark Plug Shawty,” as one of the shooters. Police officers identified Evans and Turner from surveillance footage.

During the investigation, police learned Brown and Evans, 18, were linked to the “Big Walk Down Gang” and so was their friend, Shamar Marbury, documents state. Marbury, 19, was killed on Jan. 1 and his family members told police they believed there would be “retaliation” for his death. 

Brown, Turner and Evans are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 1.