Conflict of interest causes delays in Tavon Stewart case

A judge concluded the preliminary hearing in the case against Tavon Stewart, 24, can not yet conclude because of a conflict of interest.

Stewart, accused of fatally shooting Rudolph Garris,29 in the 4200 block of Sixth Street, SE, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed. He is also facing a felony two charge for a misdemeanor in a different case.

In court, D.C. Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan did not disclose what the conflict of interest is. But, he said that the matter needs to be resolved in order to conclude the preliminary hearing.

Stewart’s current defense attorney, Matthew Davies requested to withdraw from this case. Judge Ryan accepted his withdrawal and the defendant’s new attorney, David Maxted, accepted the responsibility of representing his new client.

The preliminary hearing’s conclusion is scheduled for April 29 at 2:30 p.m.



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