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Judge finds probable cause, refuses to release stabbing accused

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D.C. Superior Court Judge Heidi Herrman found the defendant likely to have committed the stabbing. She denied his motion to dismiss during a July 8 hearing.

Darryl Myers, 51, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged involvement in a June 7 stabbing in the 1300 block of 17th Street NW. One person was injured in the incident.

According to court documents, a person identified as Myers approached a couple sitting on a bench and began shouting insults and profanities at them. He allegedly groped the woman, and when a man who was with her tried to stop him, Myers allegedly stabbed him before fleeing the scene.

During the trial, prosecutors offered Myers a deal that required him to plead guilty to assault with intent to murder in exchange for not pressing charges.

Myers declined the offer and the trial continued.

After denying the criminal complaint, prosecutors called in a U.S. Park Police officer who helped find Myers after the stabbing.

The victims participated in separate identification procedures, the officer said. They were shown different sets of photos of different people and were able to identify Myers as the person who attacked them.

The photo of Myers, taken moments after the stabbing incident, was taken at a hospital where Myers had sought treatment for a “serious laceration,” police said.

Myers’ attorney, Alvin Thomas, argued that the victims should have been shown the same set of photos of potential suspects.

“Myers is the one with the cut on his hand,” Thomas said, asking the judge not to make a probable cause determination.

Thomas also requested Myers’ release and proposed placing him in the Intensive Supervision Program (HISP) or under house arrest.

However, due to the “disturbing” nature of the case and previous convictions in other jurisdictions, including murder, armed robbery and theft, prosecutors opposed Myers’ release.

“He accosted two people who were enjoying a summer evening” and “sexually assaulted a person for no reason,” the prosecutor said.

Judge Herrman denied the motion to release her, stating that Myers’ “history and characteristics are troubling” and that “there are no conditions or combination of conditions that (she) could establish that would reasonably ensure the safety of the community.”

The meeting of the parties is scheduled for July 24

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