Judge Holds Two Homicide Defendants During Presentments

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DC Superior Court Judge Renee Raymond decided to hold two defendants charged with murder on Feb. 27.

James Jones, 41, was charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 57-year-old David Wright and 54-year-old Nathaniel Howard in their residence on the 3300 block of D Street, SE on Feb. 26.

Jason Tulley, Jones’ defense attorney, argued that there was a lack of probable cause in the case. He stated that there was a lack of evidence to prove premeditated intent and cited inconsistencies in witness testimony. 

However, the prosecution argued motive was evident in the case.

Judge Raymond found probable cause and cited the defendant’s previous involvement in other felony cases, including an armed carjacking, as support for the hold.

Jones is being held without bail and is scheduled to return to court on March 10.

Judge Raymond also held Demonte Gibson, 25, in connection to the death of Delonte King, 34, on Nov. 3, 2022. Gibson is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting King on the 2800 block of 14th Street, NW.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to the report of a shooting where they found King and a second adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transferred to the hospital where King later passed away.

Defense attorney Kevann Gardner asked the judge not to find probable cause, saying a witness misnamed the defendant and pointed to issues with the police previously issuing an arrest warrant for the wrong person. Gardner also described the defendant as not dangerous, requesting release.

The prosecution argued that there were no issues with the identification of the defendant and that the investigation was conducted thoroughly. They argued that the defendant posed safety concerns to the community if released.

Judge Raymond found probable cause for the murder charge and held the defendant without bail.

Gibson’s next hearing is set for March 9.

The judge also held two domestic violence defendants. Their charges include simple assault, destruction of property less than $1000, and possession of a prohibited weapon. Each defendant is also involved in other domestic violence matters with the court. Both defendants are scheduled to return to court in March.

One domestic violence defendant charged with simple assault, obstructing justice, and destruction of property was released with two stay away orders. The defendant is scheduled to return to court on March 20.

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