Homicide Co-Defendants Request Continuance Pending Grand Jury Outcome

In a May 26 hearing, defense attorneys for co-defendants Demonte Gibson and Tre’quan Nelson asked for a 45-day extension pending grand jury indictments.

Gibson, 26, and Nelson, 23, are charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Delonte King, 34, on Nov. 3, 2021. The incident occurred on the 2800 block of 14th Street, NW.  

Asani Forte, 25, who was also present in court, is charged with accessory after the fact to the assault with intent to kill for his alleged connection to King’s murder. 

Defense attorneys Kevann Gardner and Rachel Cicural requested Gibson’s other case, a third-degree felony, trail this case based on an overlapping witness testimony and potentially incriminating evidence in both cases. 

DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt spoke privately to DC Superior Court Judge Jason Park, who presides over the third-degree felony charge, to discuss the coinciding cases. 

Judge Park will decide the next steps for the third-degree felony charge. 

The next hearing in the homicide case is set for July 25.

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