Judge Grants Motion of General Supervision for Homicide Defendant

DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun held a motion hearing on Sept.  13 where a homicide defendant requested less supervision. 

Gary Rush, 40, is charged with second-murder in connection to the death of Keena Dowtin in Fort Dupont Park in Southeast DC on Sept.  20, 2020. 

According to court documents, Rush was driving with Dowtin as his passenger and swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Dowtin dies in the crash.

At the hospital after the incident, Rush was later found positive for PCP, a hallucinogenic drug. 

Rush was put under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) after being released from jail on July 22, 2021.   

During the hearing, defense attorney Nathaniel Mensah requested that his client to be placed on general supervision. 

This would allow Rush to be taken off GPS monitoring. He would also have to report to his parole officer in person once a week.

Judge Okun granted the motion but informed Rush that he is still prohibited from driving under any circumstance. He cannot consume alcohol, nor take drugs unless prescribed by a medical professional. 

Rush is scheduled to return to court on Feb. 3, 2023.