Judge rejects motion to release stabbing accused

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District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno denied a request to release a stabbing defendant during a July 9 hearing.

Amadelia Hernandez, 34, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for her alleged involvement in a stabbing incident that occurred March 29 in the 400 block of Emerson Street NW. One person was injured during the incident.

According to court documents, the stabbing occurred while the victim was making a smoothie for someone at the residence. The two allegedly talked about Hernandez, who was allegedly visiting another resident at the residence. A witness told police that Hernandez may have overheard their conversation and became upset.

Damon Catalos, Hernandez’s attorney, asked for her release pending the outcome of the proceedings, saying she does not pose a threat to the community.

Judge Salerno denied the motion, citing that the circumstances of the case had not changed.

Catalos also requested access to the victim’s medical records, explaining that in order to pursue his defense theory, he would need access to the victim’s medical history.

The prosecution said that once it obtains these documents, it will share them with the defense.

Catalos stressed that he needed the documentation before the September 17 hearing because without it, his ability to build a comprehensive and effective defense would be significantly hampered.

The parties are scheduled to appear at a readiness hearing on August 16.

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