Judge finds cause to hold Maurice Bellamy in second murder case

D.C. Superior Court Judge Renee Raymond found probable cause to hold the 17-year-old  accused of fatally shooting Arthur Baldwin in December of last year without bail.

Maurice Bellamy, 17, also charged with fatally shooting Davonte Washington in a separate case, is being charged with first-degree murder while armed alongside his co-defendant Charles Sims.

According to the arrest warrant, Bellamy used a .38 caliber pistol, consistent with the gun allegedly used to shoot Washington in Deanwood metro station last month. The autopsy in this case, as well as witness reports, eventually led to the 17-year-old being charged for Baldwin’s murder as well.

During Bellamy’s arraignment, his attorney asked the court not to find probable cause in this case because the government had “no physical evidence that connects this felon to this particular offense…none of the unbiased witnesses point out that Bellamy was involved in shooting.”

Judge Raymond ordered Bellamy held without bail, saying “[T]here is no condition or combination of conditions that assure the community’s safety.”

The defendant’s preliminary hearing is set for May 24.




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