The status hearing for a homicide defendant was rescheduled to Aug. 1 after the prosecution announced that it planned to imminently file a motion.
Daquon Brooks, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed on Oct. 18, 2021, for the fatal shooting of 52-year-old Leon Williams during a road rage incident on July 30, 2019. According to a proffer of facts, Brooks was a passenger in his former girlfriend’s car when Williams rear-ended their vehicle in the Third Street Tunnel near Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Brooks’ former girlfriend confronted Williams before Brooks approached Williams’ car and shot him once in the neck. Williams was paralyzed and later succumbed to his injuries on Oct. 18, 2020, over a year after the incident.
Brooks also pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and stalking in connection to a separate domestic violence shooting that occurred on July 15, 2019. According to court documents, Brooks threatened to murder his ex-girlfriend and shot her new boyfriend several times in the leg and the foot on the 4800 block of Benning Road, SE.
Brooks is awaiting sentencing, which is currently scheduled for Sept. 23. He has remained in custody since his initial arrest on Aug. 5, 2019.
DC Superior Court Judge Juliet McKenna presided over the virtual hearing via WebEx video.