Jail Stabbing Case Further Delayed Because Defendant Refuses to Attend Court

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A DC Jail stabbing case was further delayed, following a defendant’s fourth refusal to get off the bus for a hearing before DC Superior Court Judge Erik Christian on June 20. 

Juvan Alston, 22, is one of four individuals charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for his alleged involvement in a jail stabbing on Nov. 27, 2023, on the 1900 block of D Street, SE. He is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in a separate case for his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Dennis Simms on the 800 block of Yuma Street, SE, on July 1, 2022. 

This was not the first Alston’s refusal to get off the us halted progression in the case. He refused to get off the bus for previous hearings on:

  • March 16, 2024
  • Jan. 2, 2024
  • Dec. 18, 2023

According to court documents, Alston and his cellmate left their cell and walked towards a common area, where Alston allegedly attacked the victim.

Alston’s stabbing case continues to be delayed due to his refusal to show up in court. 

Parties are slated to reconvene at a later date, although it is unclear when. 

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