Brandon Andrews Held in Death of Leonard Bigelow

Note: this post has been updated.
Brandon Andrews was ordered held today after Judge William Jackson found probable cause for the second-degree murder charge in the case.

Andrews, 29, is suspected in the shooting death of Leonard Bigelow. Bigelow was killed outside his Northeast DC home in August.

Andrews’ attorney, Lauren Bernstein, argued Friday that Andrews may have felt threatened by Bigelow and that a “very large kitchen knife” was found on the Bigelow’s porch.

MPD Det. Milton Norris had testified that a witness said the knife was kept outside, for the purposes of general protection.

According to charging documents in the case, Bigelow’s sister had broken up with Andrews days before the shooting after he threatened to kill her. Andrews texted her on Friday about retrieving items he had left at her house. She took the items elsewhere for him to pick up, which made him angry, she told authorities, adding that she received angry calls and text messages from him throughout the day Friday.

Norris testified Friday that witnesses said Andrews called Bigelow’s sister before he arrived at the house the night of the shooting and he spoke with Bigelow on the phone.

Bigelow was heard saying “If you come over, I’ll be waiting out front.” Norris said he did not ask what the tone of the conversation was.

A status conference date was set for Nov. 16.

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