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Non-fatal shooting suspect waives preliminary hearing, refuses to be released

Non-fatal shooting suspect waives preliminary hearing, refuses to be released

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District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Heidi Herrman granted Stephan Ombolo’s request to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and denied his release at a July 8 hearing.

Ombolo, 26, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged involvement in a non-fatal shooting on March 26 in the 400 block of Newton Place, NW.

According to court documents, Ombolo’s cousin’s roommate called the police for help when Ombolo’s cousin was having a mental health crisis. The roommate told a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) detective that Ombolo attacked him after Ombolo’s cousin was taken to the hospital and the police left.

Court documents indicate Ombolo was angry at his roommate for calling police on his cousin. Ombolo allegedly struck the roommate with the butt of a gun and fired one shot at him, which missed.

During a July 8 hearing, Ombolo’s defense attorney, Marnitta King, requested Ombolo’s release, arguing that he has “three prior convictions in 2018, none of which were assaults” and that she “believes (Ombolo) could comply with the request.”

King said that if Ombolo is released, he will not come to D.C. until he faces a court appearance “and the community is safe.”

Prosecutors filed an objection to Ombolo’s release, saying there were “serious concerns about the defendant’s ability to comply with the rules.”

Judge Herrman said she could not impose any conditions that would ensure the safety of the community.

The parties are scheduled to meet again on July 17.

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