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Judge rejects defendant's request for modified release

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Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Justice Jason Park rejected changes to the existing curfew for a defendant in a shooting case during a June 6 hearing.

Mekhi Wilkins, 18, is charged with illegal possession of an unregistered firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and unauthorized carrying of a pistol outside of a home or business for his alleged involvement in a shooting that occurred in the 1100 block of Holbrook Terrace, NE, on Jan. 20. No injuries were reported.

According to court documents, 14 shots were fired at the scene and an officer reportedly observed Wilkins, who was arrested, fleeing the scene while discarding a firearm.

Madhuri Swarna, Wilkins' defense attorney, asked Judge Park to modify Wilkins' existing curfew so that he could meet his work obligations.

Prosecutors rejected the request, citing the nature and circumstances of the incident.

DC District Chief Judge Jason Park denied the request to modify his release conditions.

Swarna insisted that the case was based on “constructive possession,” to which Judge Park replied, “Yes, it is a case of throwing a weapon.”

The parties are scheduled to meet again on October 11.

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