Shooting Defendant Asserts Right to Test DNA Evidence

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On April 2, a non-fatal shooting defendant asserted his right to independently test DNA evidence before DC Superior Court Judge Jason Park.  

Demonte Gibson, 26, is charged with assault with intent to commit robbery while armed, two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and obstruction of justice for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting at the 1400 block of Fairmont Street, NW on Dec. 7, 2021. One individual suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

According to court documents, the victim was getting something to eat when Gibson allegedly shot hm in his leg and stole his money. However, according to the victim, he did not hear gunshots or see who shot him. 

Gibson’s attorney, Rachel Cicurel, told the court that Gibson intends to assert his right to conduct DNA testing on government evidence. 

The prosecution listed items that were found at the scene, including two firearms and several spent cartridges. Gibson’s attorneys requested time to review all evidence and decide which items to submit for independent testing.

The court set a date for Gibson’s next DNA evidence hearing on May 24. 

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