Homicide Case Remains on Course for Trial

During an Oct.14 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun determined that a homicide defendant is still on course for trial. 

Ernest Cleveland, 28, is charged with second-degree murder while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly shooting Edward Pearson on Nov 26, 2020. ​​The victim was found at his apartment on the 2900 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW on Nov. 26, 2020.

Defense attorney Madalyn Harvey argued that the case revolved around one person, known as subject one in court documents, which could be seen in video footage from the building where the shooting occurred. 

Harvey said the prosecution did not share crucial information regarding the subject’s prior arrest for assault. This information was not shared with the defense prior to the preliminary hearing, she said. 

The defense filed a motion to reopen the preliminary hearing and have subject one’s phone sent to experts for further investigation. 

Motions are due on Dec. 16 with responses are due on Jan. 17

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