Two Homicide Defendants Held During Presentments

A DC Superior Court judge held two homicide defendants and released two domestic violence defendants during presentments on August 17. Two other domestic violence defendants were also held.

In total, 14 defendants were presented before the court. 

William Davenport, 28, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 27-year-old Leonard Turner on May 14 on the 400 block of 2nd Street, NW. Judge Renee Raymond decided to hold him at DC Jail.

Rodney Lindsay, 54, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 53-year-old Terrance Gause on Aug. 14 on the 700 block of Adrien Street, SE. Defense attorney Ronald Resetarits argued Lindsay was acting in self-defense after the victim threatened him and a witness. Judge Raymond decided to hold the defendant, saying there is limited information to support the defense’s claims at this time.

Both homicide defendants are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 8. 

The two other held defendants are both charged with simple assault and contempt. They are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 7.

The released defendants were both charged with simple assault. One of the released defendants returned to court on a bench warrant due to failure to appear for a status hearing. 

Judge Raymond issued a stay away order for one released defendant. They are both scheduled to return to court on Nov. 16.