Judge Denies Bond for Murder Defendant

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DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan denied an appeal for bond review. 

Terrance Prue, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, three counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury while armed, and carrying a pistol without a license in connection with a 2019 homicide. Prue is accused of allegedly shooting 39-year-old Bruce Gilmore in the parking lot at 3501 22nd St SE on June 5, 2019. 

Defense attorney James King argued for Prue to be released under the high intensity supervision program (HISP). King referenced unsafe conditions at the DC Jail, including two recent attacks that have caused hospitalization. 

“I don’t think that the government has shown that Mr. Prue is a flight risk or a danger to the community,” King said. Additionally, King noted the prosecution’s inability to meet the standard for substantial probability before the grand jury, Prue’s lack of criminal history, as well as the support of his family as reasons the defendant should be released.

Prue’s family members attended the hearing and took up two rows in the courtroom as well as numerous people who showed their support via WebEx. 

The prosecution argued that the circumstances of Prue’s case have not changed since the last bond review ruling. 

“I don’t see a basis to change Mr. Prue’s circumstances,” Judge Raffinan said as she denied release.

She said she will recommend that Prue be placed in the Correctional Treatment Facility of the jail. However, there is limited space in the facility, so it is not guaranteed that the defendant will be transferred. 

Judge Raffinan scheduled a status hearing on Dec. 8 and a motion hearing on Jan. 13.

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