Dwayne Hilton, 21, pleaded innocent on Friday to charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and several related weapons offenses in connection with the November 2011 shooting death of 18-year-old Mico Briscoe.
On Nov. 26, 2011, Briscoe and four others were shot outside a Circle 7 Express store in the 1200 block of Mt. Olivet Road Northeast, according to charging documents. Briscoe was transported to a nearby hospital where he died three hours later from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. The other four shooting victims survived.
More than a year later, on Feb. 11, Hilton was arrested in connection with Briscoe’s death.
Two neighborhood police officers were asked by homicide detectives to review video footage from the night Briscoe was shot to see if they could identify anyone in the video.
Those officers observed a person who walked bow-legged, was left-handed, and wore shoulder length dreadlocks. They identified that person as Hilton, whom they had worked with when he played football in middle and high school.
A status hearing for the case is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. A trial date has not yet been set.