Murder Case Set for Preliminary Hearing

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a preliminary hearing to determine if a murder case has enough evidence to go to trial.

Javon Duckwilder, 24, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of 23-year-old Juwan Smith. On Oct. 25, Smith was found on the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue, SE, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 

During the Nov. 4 hearing, defense attorney Jesse Winograd made an oral motion for his his client’s release from DC Jail, which was denied by Judge Milton Lee.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on Nov. 20.