Judge Rules Indictment Deadline Satisfied, Release Denied

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On Feb. 23, DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan heard arguments from parties regarding a homicide defendant’s request for release. 

Wonell Jones, 36, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of 33-year-old Audora Williams. The incident occurred on July 19, 2022, on the 2900 block of Knox Place, SE.

During the hearing, Jones’ defense attorney, Carrie Weletz, motioned for his release due to a nine-month indictment deadline that he believed passed on Feb. 10. 

Jones was under the assumption that the deadline had passed and felt he had not been properly consulted throughout court proceedings by his prior attorney, Jason Clark.

The court heard Jones’s requests, but after further review of previous transcripts, it was determined that the actual deadline of the indictment is June 14, 2024. 

After Judge Raffinan evaluated the case and Jones’ request, she denied his motion for bond review and release. 

Parties will reconvene for a preliminary hearing on March 14. 

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