Rashad Allen looking at a lengthy trial in September


Rashad Allen’s trial, set to start on September 6, will be a lengthy one.

Allen was seen in court on Thursday for a trial-readiness hearing. Judge Robert Morin asked if both parties will be prepared to begin trial on September 6 and both nodded. The prosecution warned Judge Morin that they will be looking at a lengthy trial, with approximately eighteen witness accounts alone on behalf of the government.

Of these eighteen witnesses, four are experts on DNA, firearms, and cell phone retrieval. Three witnesses, the prosecution said, will be rather lengthy civilian accounts. They estimate their evidence will take 3-4 days to present at trial, not including cross-examinations.

Allen will have another status hearing on September 2 before his trial begins.

Allen was arrested in April of 2015 for the second-degree murder of David Simmons. The shooting took place on March 15 in Southeast D.C. Officers responded to a report in the 2300 block of Hartford Street. Both Simmons and another man were found suffering from gunshot wounds and were rushed to a nearby hospital. Allen was found responsible for the double shooting.

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