During a preliminary hearing Nov. 15, a detective said no one could identify who stabbed a teen in NOMA in May.
Demonte Hewitt and Kurt Hewitt are charged with second-degree murder while armed for their alleged involvement in the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Tyshon Perry on the 1300 block of 2nd Street, NE, which is located near the NOMA-Gallaudet metro station. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the suspects are cousins.
Demonte, 16, and Kurt,18, are both being charged as adults.
“We keep talking about the word involved … but nowhere in the four corners of the affidavit does it say Demonte Hewitt physically assaulted the decedent, correct?” Demonte’s attorney, James King, asked.
The detective agreed and said a Snapchat video implicated the cousins because they were part of the group of people involved in the stabbing. However, the detective said authorities have not verified if the video was actually taken on the day of the murder.
According to court documents, the victim was a friend of a male student who got into a confrontation with a female student earlier that day at KIPP DC College Preparatory, a charter high school in Northeast DC. The female student allegedly told the male student that she was going to “‘bring her hood boys to the school to fight [him].’”
When the male student, victim, who was also a student at the school, and their friends were walking to the metro station to go home, they apparently ran into the female student, but at that time, she was with four other boys who did not attend Kipp. A fight broke out between the groups.
The defense was not able to conclude arguments on Thursday, so DC Superior Court Judge Craig Iscoe continued the preliminary hearing until Dec. 3 due to a previously scheduled trial.
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