Judge Continues Murder Defendant’s Felony Status Conference

A DC Superior Court judge continued a felony status conference for a first-degree murder defendant.

Devonte Brothers, 26, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 27-year-old Deron Leake on the 4200 block of 6th Street, SE on Oct. 17, 2019. Judge Todd Edelman ruled that the case had enough evidence to go to trial last December.

During the Feb. 22 proceedings, the 26-year-old defendant was also arraigned on charges of assault on a police officer, fleeing a law enforcement officer while armed and destruction of property. He is accused of driving his vehicle into a police officer on the 600 block of Elmira Street, SE in an attempt to evade arrest on May 10, 2020.

Judge Robert Okun continued both of these cases to June 21 for a status hearing.

Brothers is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in a homicide that happened on June 16, 2019, when 30-year-old Arkeem Jackson was shot from a moving vehicle on the 4300 block of 4th Street, SE. A preliminary hearing for this case is scheduled for March 30. 

Counsel also said that Brothers has a case in Maryland. However, D.C. Witness couldn’t confirm any information about this, as the cases under his name in Maryland are listed as being closed.

Brothers also has an open misdemeanor case, in which he is charged with simple assault. A status hearing in that case is scheduled for Sept. 22.

Sasha Ridenour wrote this article.

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