Prosecution Prepares Global Plea for Defendant in Domestic Violence Case

On Nov. 1,  DC Superior Court Judge Arthur Errol expressed concerns after a defendant asked “could you explain to me what just happened” after his release request was denied. 

The 31-year-old defendant is charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a domestic violence dispute. 

Judge Errol said he was concerned because he didn’t believe the defendant was told the purpose of a preliminary hearing before the defendant decided to waive his rights to the hearing.

According to court documents, the defendant was on release under the high-intensity supervision program (HISP) following a charge of carrying a pistol without a license outside of his home and place of business.

The prosecution said they are reviewing the defendant’s gun possession case regarding a pending sentencing and are preparing a global plea offer for the defendant. While preparing the offer, the prosecution requested that the defendant remain held at the DC Jail because he poses a danger to the community. 

Defense Attorney Ferguson Evans requested the defendant to be released under HISP or placed on home confinement.

“I ask that my client be released to handle some of his personal matters,” Evans said. “He has his own apartment and needs to make some arraignments seeing as to how he will be facing some time.” 

Judge Errol decided to hold the defendant for the safety of the community.

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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