Judge Denies Motion to Drop Charges in Non-Fatal Shooting

On Sept. 13, DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan denied a motion filed on behalf of the defendant, Dominic Copeland, to drop the case against him.

Copeland, 33, is charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, aggravated assault knowingly while armed, robbery while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting on the unit block of N Street, NW, on April 26, 2019.

Copeland’s defense, in submitting the motion to Judge Raffinan, said there was insufficient evidence to prove he committed the crime.

Judge Raffinan rejected the motion ruling she had yet to evaluate the evidence pre-trial.

Copeland’s trial is set to begin Sept. 14.

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