Judge grants release to accused after trial delay

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On July 8, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Erika Christiana placed the defendant under house arrest because of a delay in the trial that occurred due to a conflict between the arraignment and the arraignment hearing.

Calvon Brown, 31, was charged with intentional assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with his alleged involvement in a nonfatal shooting March 22 at Lee’s Liquors in the 2300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Due to a clash of deadlines, the prosecutor’s office requested additional time to investigate the case and present the indictment in preparation for the trial, requesting that it be set for August, which is not disadvantageous for the accused as it falls within the 100-day deadline.

Judge Christian dismissed the motion because he was unable to attend the August hearing.

Due to the lack of objection from the defense, the hearing date was postponed to September 16.

However, defense attorney Tammy Thom requested that Brown be released pending trial, arguing that the delay was not Brown’s fault.

Judge Christian granted the request on the condition that Brown remain under house arrest for 24 hours.

According to court documents, the man, identified as Brown, allegedly confronted the victim inside the store and then got into a fight, during which Brown allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the buttock.

The parties are due to return to court on September 3.

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