Judge rejects stabbed defendant's request for release

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District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Salerno denied a stabbing defendant's request for release during a July 9 hearing.

Amadelia Hernandez, 34, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon for her alleged involvement in a stabbing incident that occurred March 29 in the 400 block of Emerson Street NW. One person was injured during the incident.

According to court documents, the assault occurred while the victim was making a smoothie for someone in the residence. The two men were allegedly talking about Hernandez, who was visiting another occupant of the residence. The witness told police that Hernandez may have overheard their conversation and become upset.

Hernandez's attorney, Damon Catalos, asked that she be released pending further proceedings, saying she does not pose a danger to the community.

Judge Salerno denied the request, saying the circumstances of the case had not changed.

Catalos also requested access to the victim's medical records, explaining that in order to move forward with his planned defense theory, he would need access to the victim's treatment history.

The prosecution said that once these documents are obtained, they will share them with the defense.

Catalos stressed that he needed the records before the Sept. 17 trial date because his ability to build a complete and effective defense without the records would be significantly hampered.

The parties are expected to return for a pretrial hearing on August 16.

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