Judge Issues 1 Bench Warrant During Show Cause Hearings

A DC Superior Court judge presided over three pretrial and probation show cause hearings on Oct. 16. 

A felony domestic violence defendant charged with first-degree sex abuse came to court for a pretrial show cause hearing after a reported instance of noncompliance with his pretrial release. 

According to the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA), he violated his home confinement on Oct. 4 to go to a convenience store because he ran out of food.

“This is one transgression and there’s no indication that anything nefarious occurred,” said defense attorney Anthony Matthews. “It was a lapse in judgement.” 

Judge Danya Dayson agreed that his compliance had been exemplary before this incident, especially since he has been on home confinement for the past eight months. 

His next court date is scheduled for Jan. 27. 

A 42 year-old defendant is charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor after he allegedly groped a 14-year-old girl at a convenience store on the 4900 block of Central Avenue, NE on Aug. 2, 2019. 

The defendant did not show up to his pretrial show cause hearing, even after he was ordered to appear after his hearing on Oct. 9. 

The PSA reported that he had multiple re-arrests, failed to complete alcohol treatment and let his GPS monitoring device expire. 

Over the objections of defense attorney Thomas Key, Judge Dayson issued a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest. 

Donte Gardner was around 30 minutes late to his probation show cause hearing. 

Back in January, the 28-year-old defendant was sentenced to 30 days, all of which are suspended, plus one year probation for simple assault. 

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) reported that Gardner was labeled a loss of contact in April, but has since come back into compliance.

Judge Dayson discharged the show cause and told the defendant to keep complying with his conditions. 

Sierra Robbins wrote this article