Mental Observation for Shooting Defendant Continued and Release Denied

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On Feb. 6, DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz allowed more time for a defendant’s mental observation hearing while denying his request for release. 

Kevin Settles, 36, is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, armed carjacking, assault on a police officer while armed, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and four counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence shooting. The incident occurred on the 100 block of Ridge Road, SE, on Feb. 23, 2021, and no one was injured. 

According to documents from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), officers were in the area of the incident when they heard sounds of gunshots. While they were investigating, the officers encountered the suspect, and he allegedly began shooting at them. He was arrested at the scene. 

Settles’ defense attorney, Brian McDaniel, alerted the court they needed additional time before discussing his mental competency to stand trial, stating they’re waiting for a doctor to evaluate him.

McDaniel also requested Settles release from incarceration, adding that he has been held for a long time in jail with no infractions. 

The prosecution objected because of Settles’ lengthy criminal record, adding that the circumstances of the case have not changed. 

Judge Leibovitz denied his request, stating she would like Settles to meet with doctors in the coming weeks to provide any feedback about his mental health status.

Parties are slated to return March 7.

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