Shooting Defendant Pleads Not Guilty During Arraignment 

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On March 29, a shooting defendant was arraigned before DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun

Daniel Mendoza, 23, is charged with four counts of assault with intent to kill, two counts of aggravated assault knowingly while armed, and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, among other charges, for his alleged involvement in a shooting that injured three individuals. The incident occurred on June 27, 2023, on the 3100 block of 16th Street, NW. 

During the hearing, Mendoza’s defense attorneys, Marc Eisenstein and Michael Lawlor, alerted the court Mendoza was pleading not guilty to all 27 charges, and asserted his constitutional rights, including the right to a speedy trial. 

Parties are slated to return May 24

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