Motion to release stabbing accused due to health issues denied

Motion to release stabbing accused due to health issues denied

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District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Andrea Hertzfeld denied a motion to release a stabbing defendant during a July 9 hearing.

Hollyman McQueen, 59, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for his alleged involvement in the May 8 stabbing at the Washington Nursing Facility in the 2400 block of 25th Street SE.

According to court documents, McQueen allegedly was angry about being given a roommate at the facility. The two argued about the lighting in the room, and McQueen pushed the victim onto a bed and stabbed her in the back of the knee.

Henry Escoto, McQueen’s attorney, said McQueen should be released because he is not receiving the necessary health care he needs in prison. “He is not receiving the same care he would receive in a nursing home,” Escoto said.

Judge Hertzfeld asked the defense to file a written motion to release McQueen, denying the oral motion.

During the hearing, McQueen also became angry and confused that Escoto was still working on his case after supposedly firing him. “What are you doing here?” McQueen said, adding, “He got fired.”

Judge Hertzfeld said she would raise the issue of McQueen finding new counsel at the next hearing.

“I don’t want to see his face anymore,” McQueen said as he left the courtroom.

A meeting of the parties is scheduled for July 23.

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