Murder Charge Dropped for Co-Defendant in Case of 16-Year-Old’s Death

One of two cousins charged in connection with the death of a 16-year-old made a deal with prosecutors that allowed his murder charge to be dropped.

In 2018, cousins Kurt and Demonte Hewitt, ages 21 and 19, respectively, were charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of Tyshon Perry on May 1, 2018, on the 1300 block of 2nd Street, NE. 

The two went on to be indicted on charges of simple assault, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and conspiracy.

During the Oct. 5 hearing, Kurt Hewitt pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of second-degree burglary. According to court documents, the plea deal includes an agreement between parties that an appropriate sentence in this case would be six-and-a-half to 10 years of incarceration. 

The prosecution said a plea offer is still under consideration for Demonte Hewitt. It will remain open until Oct. 12.

Judge Neal Kravitz scheduled Kurt Hewitt to be sentenced on Dec. 8.