Judge Holds Homicide Defendant During Presentments

A DC Superior Court judge held a homicide defendant during presentments on Aug. 9.

A total of 39 defendants were presented before the court. 

Amard Jefferson is charged with second-degree murder while armed in connection with a homicide that occurred on Aug. 7.

At approximately 4:29 p.m. that day, police responded to the 3000 block of Nelson Place, SE, due to a report of a shooting, according to a Metropolitan Police Department press release. There, they found 20-year-old Kendall Brown suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Jefferson, 22, was arrested the next day.

Judge Judith Pipe held him at DC Jail. He is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 30.

A domestic violence defendant appeared on a warrant for failing to appear at a hearing. The defendant was initially charged with simple assault in April and released into the High Intensity Supervision Program program. Judge Pipe chose to hold him at DC Jail. In response, the defendant became angry and was escorted away. She is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 23. 

Another defendant was charged with assault with intent to commit third-degree sexual abuse, simple assault and misdemeanor sexual abuse. The defendant was held and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 30. 

Three other domestic violence defendants were released. Their charges included simple assault, Civil Protection Order (CPO) violation and destruction of property less than $1,000. A sex abuse defendant who was charged with misdemeanor sex abuse was also released. The defendants were issued stay away orders and are scheduled to return to court on Nov 15. 

Two homicide defendants charged with first-degree murder while armed are in the hospital and scheduled to come to court after being discharged.


Klein Lawrence allegedly shot Vanessa Brooks-Williams on July 10. Rondez Tibbs allegedly shot Malcolm Johnson on July 21.