Non-Fatal Shooting Defendant Waives DNA Testing Rights

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On Feb. 12, DC Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan accepted a shooting defendant’s waiver to DNA test evidence recovered at the crime scene.

Marcedes Edmunds, 37, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault knowingly while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a shotgun or rifle outside a home or business, destruction of property worth $1,000 or more, and unlawful possession of ammunition for his alleged involvement in a shooting incident on the 4000 block of Haynes Street, NE, on May 1, 2019. One individual sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.

During the hearing, the prosecutor alerted the court that they had multiple pieces of evidence from the crime scene that were believed to contain biological material. None of the evidence mentioned had been tested by the prosecution.

Edmunds’ defense attorney, Mark Rollins, alerted the court that his client had agreed to waive his rights to DNA testing.

Parties are expected to reconvene for trial readiness on Apr. 12.

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