Preliminary Hearing Begins for 2 Homicide Defendants

April 26 marked the first day of a hearing to determine if a murder case has enough evidence to go to trial.

Co-defendants Delonta Stevenson, 26, and Vorreze Thomas, 23, are both charged with first-degree murder while armed in the death of 32-year-old Terrence Allen on Jan. 18 on the 3000 block of Stanton Road, SE. 

Stevenson and Thomas allegedly cut Allen off in a vehicle before shooting close to 50 rounds at Allen’s car, D.C. Witness previously reported.

During the hearing, a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detective on the case discussed surveillance video of two people alleged to be the co-defendants leaving an apartment complex and entering a brown Volvo that looks consistent with the car involved in the shooting.

According to court documents, Stevenson is believed to have been in the passenger seat of the car involved in the shooting and is believed to be the one who shot at Allen and two other victims, who sustained non-life threatening injuries. The detective said no source saw shots coming from the driver’s side.

The MPD detective also said that, during a search of Stevenson’s home, police found black pants with red stripes that matched what the suspects in the surveillance video were wearing during the time of the homicide. 

Due to time constraints, the hearing did not finish. DC Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna scheduled the proceedings to pick back up on April 28.

Sarah Gebrengus wrote this article.