DC Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo found “strong probable cause” in a teenage murder case.
Devon Edwards, 19, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting 18-year-old Dmaree Miller on the 3300 block of 12th Street, SE on Jan. 4, 2022. According to court documents, Miller and his friend were trying to purchase a firearm from Edwards and another suspect. During the interaction, Edwards allegedly shot Miller while trying to rob him.
In a preliminary hearing on July 5, the prosecutor asked Judge Demeo to find substantial probability, citing witness testimony, the lead detective’s investigation, video evidence, and Edwards’ GPS monitoring bracelet.
Prescott Loveland, Edwards’ defense attorney, refuted the prosecutor’s request, arguing that she relied on evidence that was either limited or flawed.
According to Loveland, the prosecutor’s key witness made several suspicious statements that might indicate the witness was hiding the shooter’s true identity. Additionally, neither the GPS location nor surveillance videos show Edwards entering the building where the shooting took place.
“I do find that the prosecution has met the probable cause standard, and it’s a strong probable cause that I find here,” said Judge Demeo.
Judge Demeo also agreed with the prosecutor’s request to hold Edwards at the DC Jail pending his trial. The prosecutor noted that, at the time of the shooting, Edwards was on release under home confinement for two pending cases, one of which included unlawful firearm possession.
“Mr. Edwards continues to use guns and continues to use them in a harmful way,” said the prosecutor. “Nothing short of detention can keep the community safe from Mr. Edwards.”
Edward’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 26.