Judge Holds Homicide Defendant During Initial Hearings

A DC Superior Court judge held a homicide defendant during initial hearings on June 14. 

Gerald Lewis is charged with second-degree murder following a traffic fatality that occurred the previous day. He is accused of causing a motor vehicle collision that killed a pedestrian on the 1500 block of 14th Street, NW.

After deciding whether the defendant should be held at DC Jail, Judge Sean Staples scheduled Lewis’ next court date for July 7.

Judge Staples did not hold any of the eight domestic violence defendants brought before the court. He did, however, issue stay away orders for all of them.

Judge Staples also released one sex abuse defendant. The defendant is charged with assault with intent to commit third-degree sexual abuse. He was released under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) with GPS monitoring.

The released defendants’ next hearings are all scheduled for Dec. 20.

A total of 30 defendants were presented before the court. 

Asiadee Williams and Amaya Smith also contributed to this article.