Judge Denies Murder Defendant’s Release Request, Sets Status Hearing

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a status hearing for a murder defendant after denying his release request.

Brandon Randall is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 30-year-old David Brandon on Feb. 24, 2019, on the 4000 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

Randall, 34, is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in this case.

Defense attorney Anthony Mathews asked Judge Milton Lee to release his client into home confinement since he has been detained since July 2019. Mathew argued that over two years of being held at DC Jail without a trial violates Randall’s speedy trial rights. Judge Lee denied the motion because he found significant probable cause during the preliminary hearing, which serves to determine if the case has enough evidence to go to trial.

Mathews also requested two weeks to receive and review paperwork.

Parties are set to reconvene on Dec. 16 for a status hearing.