Judge Conducts Felony Status Conference in Homicide Case

DC Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee oversaw a felony status conference in order to track the progress of a homicide case. 

Javon Duckwilder, 25, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 23-year-old Juwan Smith. The incident occured on Oct. 23 on the 2800 block of Alabama Ave., SE when Metropolitan Police Department officials responded to a call of an individual suffering from a gunshot wound. Smith was found on the scene and immediately transferred to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

On July 8, the prosecution said it hopes to reach an indictment.

The prosecution also disclosed that firearm analysis was conducted results were sent to defense attorneys Thomas Healy and Jesse Winograd. Additionally, the prosecution noted that there is a substantial amount of surveillance footage collected from a gas station near the crime. 

Although both parties requested a trial date, Judge Lee clarified that priority was given to cases with indictments.

Judge Lee said that if an indictment is found prior to the next hearing, both parties will proceed with Duckwilder’s arraignment.

Duckwilder’s next court appearance is scheduled to occur on Oct. 13.