Defense Wants to Conduct Independent DNA Testing in Murder Case

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Defense attorney Roderick Thompson said he wants to conduct DNA testing on evidence in a murder case.

Daniel Fleetwood, 28, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection to the death of 26-year-old Shana Donahue on May 28, 2020, on the 2900 block of N Street, SE. The incident is listed as domestic violence.

On March 20, the defense said prosecutors are almost done with DNA testing and should be receiving evidence soon. The specific evidence the defense plans to test was not mentioned in open court.

The May 8 trial date was canceled as well as the motion hearing by DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan and the trial was set to a new date. The defense also requested the continuance of the trial date, the prosecutors didn’t oppose the request.

Judge Raffinan granted the request and scheduled a trial date for Aug. 19, 2024.

The next status hearing was scheduled for May 8. 

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