Prison stabbing case further delayed because accused refuses to show up in court

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A DC jail stabbing case was further delayed, following a defendant's fourth refusal to get off the bus for a hearing before DC Superior Court Judge Erik Christian on June 20.

Juvan Alston, 22, is one of four individuals charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for his alleged involvement in a prison stabbing on Nov. 27, 2023, in the 1900 block of D Street, SE. He is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in a separate case for his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of Dennis Simms, 17, in the 800 block of Yuma Street, SE, on July 1, 2022 .

This was not the first time that Alston's refusal to withdraw from the United States halted the progress of the case. He refused to get off the bus during previous hearings on:

  • March 16, 2024
  • January 2, 2024
  • December 18, 2023

According to court documents, Alston and his cellmate left their cell and walked to a common area, where Alston allegedly attacked the victim.

Alston's stabbing case continues to be delayed due to his refusal to appear in court.

The parties are expected to meet again at a later date, although it is unclear when exactly.

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