DNA Testing Now Complete, Prosecution Says

During a status hearing Feb.7, the prosecution told a judge that a retest of DNA evidence was completed and the results were shared with the defense. 

Cedric Selinus Alexander, also known as Tony White, 47, is charged with first-degree murder while armed, robbery while armed with a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for allegely shooting Daquan Hooks, 38, on March 23, 2017, on 1900 block of 13th Street, SE. 

The prosecutor said that due to some previous DNA issues, a retest of the evidence was necessary. During the retest of evidence, no new DNA was found. 

The prosecutor also said that not everything was tested in either round, and that if the defense wanted to test the same evidence or less, then the defense might as well test all of the evidence.

Alexander’s defense attorney, Jacqueline Cadman, told DC Superior Court Judge Ronna Lee Beck that the defense’s independent testing would be completed by the end of the month. 

Cadman also told Judge Beck that the defense wanted to discuss release conditions with the prosecution. She said she wanted to finalize release conditions within the next two weeks. 

Judge Beck told counsel that release conditions would be discussed at the next status hearing, along with the results of the defense’s independent DNA testing. 

Alexander is scheduled for a status hearing on Feb. 28. 

This article was written by Lea Gianasso.