Prosecution Needs to Provide More Evidence, Judge Says

A D.C. Superior Court judge is requiring that the prosecution provide more evidence and DNA test results from Dominic Brooks’ murder to the defense.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, William Edward Smith is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing Brooks, 29, on the 800 block of Chesapeake Street, SE. On June 9, 2017, Brooks was found unconscious and suffering from a fatal stab wound to the chest, which punctured his heart and lung.

The government is in the process of doing DNA testing on several undisclosed items.

On June 27, Judge Juliet McKenna required the government to provide the court with a complete list of all the items being tested and a DNA report of the test results. Smith’s defense is allowed to test the items as well if they choose to do so.

A status hearing is scheduled on Oct. 12.