Wesley Monroe Released From D.C. Jail

Wesley Monroe, one of two men charged in connection with the shooting death of 28-year-old Quentin Lavar White, was released from D.C. jail Thursday on a personal promise to appear at all scheduled court hearings in the case. Monroe, 21, was also ordered to stay away from the 3500 block of East Capitol Street Southeast.

In the early morning hours of June 22, White was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest in the 3500 block of East Capitol Street SE; he later died at the hospital.

At a preliminary hearing earlier this month, Judge Ronna Beck found probable cause that Monroe and Don Demichie Page Jr. both participated in White’s death. Beck signed an order releasing Monroe from jail Thursday.

Charging documents in the case say that on June 22 a group of people were gathered outside in the 3500 block of East Capitol Street SE, when one of White’s friends and Monroe began to fight. Witnesses say White attempted to stop the fight.

A witness told police that Page then pulled out a large silver handgun and said, “Y’all not going to be jumping him,” referring to Monroe, and then fired the gun into the air. White then approached Page with his hands up in a fighting position and told Page to “fight him like a man,” according to arrest documents. The witness said Page told White he wasn’t going to fight then pointed the gun at him.

At the preliminary hearing, Metropolitan Police Detective Robert Cephas testified that the witness was 10 feet away from the confrontation and heard Monroe incite Page to shoot, saying, “Bust him, bust that n—.”

Charging documents state that White replied, “You ain’t gonna shoot me, you b— a— n—.”

The witness told police he heard a gunshot and then watched White fall to the ground.

Monroe is scheduled for a bond review hearing September 27; he and Page are both scheduled for a felony status conference October 18.

Monroe’s release documents are below.

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