Judge Rejects Homicide Defendant’s Request for Home Confinement 

On Sept. 28, a homicide defendant rejected the prosecution’s plea deal, arguing for his release. 

David Hahqwon Beale, 24, is charged with first-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, armed carjacking, and assault with intent to kill for allegedly shooting 43-year-old George Johnson Jr. on the 800 block of Oglethorpe Street, NE on May 7, 2018. 

Beale’s attorney, Julie Swaney, said they were ready to move forward with the case after Beale turned down a global plea deal of 19 years in prison.

The murder case is Beale’s only active case. However, in July of 2021, he pleaded guilty to a bail violation. According to the DC Courts, the other cases Beale was charged with were dismissed. 

Court documents state that 20 rounds of shots were fired on the 800 blocks of Oglethorpe, NE. Johnson was hit on the left side of his back puncturing his lung, aorta, esophagus, and trachea. A surviving victim was also wounded in his left arm.

 Beale allegedly stole a car and $300-$400 from a pizza delivery driver. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers found Beale and his girlfriend in the stolen car several hours later.  

Beale requested to be released on 24-hour home confinement. 

DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee rejected the request because Beale has a record of not appearing in court. Judge Lee cited missed hearings for his previous felony and misdemeanor cases.

A motions hearing is scheduled for Oct. 11

Beale’s trial is set for June 2023.

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