DNA Links Suspect to 2018 Homicide Case

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On Oct. 4, the prosecution said DNA evidence linked a murder defendant to a 2018 homicide case.

Daquan Gray is charged with first-degree murder while armed, possession of firearm during a crime, and carrying a pistol without a license in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Jaylyn Wheeler on the 600 block of Alabama Avenue, SE on May 16, 2018. 

The prosecution said partial DNA matched the 20-year-old defendant, finding there to be at least one more contributor. The other individual has not yet been identified. 

The prosecution said video evidence showed Gray fleeing the scene with two other individuals. In the footage, Gray is seen disposing a weapon. 

Gray was released to home confinement under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP). He has been compliant with his conditions of pretrial release since July of 2018. 

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30, where DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan said she expects to set a trial date. 

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