Judge Deems Defendant Threat to Society

A murder defendant charged with shooting a married couple in the parking lot of their apartment complex was denied bond on June 1.

Alonzo Lewis is charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed and assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill. He allegedly shot Jaquon Helm and his wife Venius Badgett on May 16 on the 50th block of Galveston Street, SW.

Lewis “has a history of assaultive behavior,” DC Superior Court Judge Sherry Trafford said June 1. “And he is a danger to the community.”

According to the DC Medical Examiner, Helm, 40, and Badgett, 35, were shot multiple times.  Helm was pronounced dead on the scene and Badgett died at a local hospital early the next morning.

The shooting came after an alleged altercation between Lewis, 33, and the couple.

Badgett and Helm had five children and were married for six years. None of the children were harmed during the homicide.

Lewis is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 15.

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