Status hearing for suspect in 2010 Dawan Felder killing

A man convicted of a 2010 murder appeared in court regarding his appeal Wednesday.

Darnell Leon Hawkins was convicted of first-degree murder while armed for the killing of Dawan Anthony Felder. Hawkins was sentenced to 40 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

On May 16, 2010, police responded to the 5000 block of D St., SE to the report of gunshots. Upon arrival, police located Felder, 28, lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and with no signs consistent with life.

An appeal was filed by Hawkins’ attorney, arguing obstruction of justice. The case was re-opened in 2015, but the original attorney representing Hawkins was dismissed. Hawkins is now being represented by Attorney Nicola Zahara.

A status hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 28, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

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