Judge Denies Murder Defendant’s Bond Review


During a hearing on June 22, a DC Superior Court judge denied the defense’s motion for a bond review.

Antonio Upshaw is charged with first-degree murder while armed. He allegedly shot Tyrone Johnson, 24, at Lee’s Liquor, a liquor store located on the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, in 2017. Upshaw has been on a no bond status since December of 2017. 

Judge Judith Bartnoff denied the defense’s motion because there was not any evidence that would warrant the court to set a bond. 

According to court documents, witnesses heard gunshots coming from an alley and saw a gray sedan leaving the alley soon after. Surveillance videos captured a man, who looked like Upshaw, 28, sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle.

Another felony status conference is scheduled for July 20. Upshaw’s case has not been seen by a grand jury as of June 25.