Judge Releases All Domestic Violence Defendants During Initial Hearings

On June 12, 26 defendants were brought before DC Superior Court Judge Jose Lopez for initial hearings. 

Five domestic violence defendants are charged with simple assault. Four of them were released on their promise to return to court and given stay away orders from the alleged victims. 

Judge Lopez released one final domestic violence defendant into the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) but only for GPS monitoring because he is not eligible for standard HISP. The defendant was also given stay away orders. 

The defendants’ next hearings are scheduled for Dec. 17.