Trial in 5-year-old Double Homicide Case Continues Due to Appeal Motion

Following a mistrial, defense attorneys for Alphonso Walker filed a motion with the DC Court of Appeals regarding DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt’s denial of their motion to dismiss indictment charges on double jeopardy grounds.

Walker, 45, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection to the deaths of Dalonte Wilson, 23, and Antone Brown, 44, on the 400 block of 61st Street, NE on April 25, 2018. 

On May 11, Judge Brandt declared a mistrial after she admittedly erred in not instructing  jurors that testimony from a key prosecution witness in the double murder trial was inadmissible hearsay. 

After the mistrial, she decided not to dismiss the charges even though defense attorneys argued it would result in double jeopardy, in effect trying the defendant twice for the same crime.

They  filed an appeals motion on May 12, and the retrial cannot start until a ruling has been made on that motion. 

A status hearing was scheduled for June 23 to check the motion’s progress. 

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