Judge: Probable Cause that Justin Wilson Killed Freddy Hawkins

An MPD detective testified Thursday that no guns or weapons were found at the Valero gas station on Florida Avenue where 28-year-old Freddy Hawkins was shot and killed late last month.

Justin Wilson , a suspect in the case, told police that he shot Hawkins after Hawkins reached for a bulky item in his waistband.

Wilson, one of two men facing charges in the murder, was ordered held after a preliminary hearing Thursday with Judge Herbert Dixon while a grand jury investigates the case.

Hawkins was found by police October 26 at approximately 1:14 a.m. at a Valero gas station on the unit block of Florida Avenue Northwest suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead; another man was also injured.

At the crime scene police observed a dark colored car and pursued it, ultimately arresting two of those in the car. Wilson, 20, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed and assault with the intent to kill in connection with Hawkins’ death. Reese Williams, 23, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact in Hawkins’ murder.

Charging documents state that Wilson and Williams were returning from a homecoming party at Howard University when they stopped at the gas station to buy cigarettes and a drink. In an interview with police, Wilson said Hawkins was behind him in line at the gas station, court documents state.

“What up with ya’ll?,” Wilson said Hawkins asked. “Ya’ll got some money? Ya’ll got some pot? I smell it.”

Documents state that Wilson told police Hawkins began “pushing up on” him. “I’ll take ya’ll shit,” Hawkins said according to Wilson.

Wilson told police that Hawkins had something “bulky” in his waistband, so Wilson grabbed for a handgun that he had on him. Hawkins then took something out of his waistband, and Wilson said he shot him twice and might have shot another person nearby, charging documents state.

At the preliminary hearing Thursday, Detective Keith Batton said that no guns or weapons were found on Hawkins or in the vicinity of the shooting.

We canvassed the entire area with dogs and nothing was found,” Batton said. “There were no weapons found on the second victim in the shooting either.”

Both Wilson and Williams being held without bond while a grand jury investigates the charges against them.

A status hearing for both men is scheduled for December 11 with Judge Dixon.

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