Case Acquitted: Non-Fatal Shooting Defendant Pleads Not Guilty

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Jose Zuniga was acquitted of all charges on Feb. 15, 2024.

On Feb. 8, a non-fatal shooting defendant pleaded not guilty to his charges before DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz.

Jose Zuniga, 28, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, and simple assault, for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting. The incident occurred on November 11, 2023, on the 400 block of 2nd Street, NW. There were no injuries reported. 

According to MPD documents, two men were involved in an argument while inside a building. During the argument, the suspect shot at the victim and fled the scene. The victim was not injured. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

Joseph Molina, Zuniga’s attorney, informed the court that Zuniga pleaded not guilty to all three of his charges, and asserted his constitutional rights, including a speedy trial. 

Parties alerted the court that they are prepared to go to trial on Feb. 12.

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