Delonte Wynn found guilty

The man charged with the murder of Darlene Bryant in 2015 was found guilty.

Delonte Wynn was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder while armed.

Throughout the trial, the defense argued Wynn’s innocence based on the belief that two key witnesses, Donnell Howard and Charles King, testified falsely to convict Wynn and receive benefits from the prosecution. A thread of texts and phone calls that was meant to corroborate the prosecution’s argument ultimately showed no evidence and no motive, the defense argued. Similarly, the defense claimed the DNA evidence collected excluded Wynn and his presence at the scene of the crime.

The jury ultimately decided in favor of the prosecution, who brought in over 15 witnesses. The prosecution focused on the stories of Donnell Howard and Charles King. However, unlike the defense, they emphasized the legitimacy of these two testimonies, as well as the corroboration of other testimonies. Using these testimonies and the text thread between Wynn, his child’s mother, and Bryant, the prosecution was able to convince the jury of motive. The video footage from the apartment complex was constantly brought to the screen for the jury to show the suspect running from the scene of the crime. While the DNA samples collected excluded Wynn, the prosecution also constantly reminded the jury that Wynn did not have to touch the victim in order to stab her.

Wynn is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 11.


Comment guidelines:

D.C. Witness is a place where we want our community to come to remember loved ones and comment on homicide cases. These discussions often entail topics that we all personally care a lot about and will passionately discuss. But in order for discussions to thrive here, we need to set a few ground rules. Comments will be edited or deleted if they include vulgarity, name-calling, cursing or inflammatory language. Comments that include unverified information, slander, or hateful speech will be deleted. We reserve the right to edit comments to ensure they reflect the intent of the writer but make them publishable. If you believe your comment has been edited or deleted in error, please contact Jennifer Swift,