Probable Cause Found in Case Against Dion Redwood

A judge found probable cause Monday that Dion Redwood participated in the 2013 shooting death of 16-year-old Darius Cannon.

Redwood, 39, remains held pending a case status hearing in April.

Police found Cannon on April 7, 2013 around 12:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Langston Place Southeast suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical services took Cannon to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. More than eight months later Redwood was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with Cannon’s death.

According to charging documents, Cannon was shot and killed two days after Redwood had been assaulted.

On April 5, Redwood was visiting his child’s mother on the 2700 block of Langston Place Southeast, when he was confronted by three black males. The group had a verbal altercation and one of the men stabbed Redwood in the eye, court documents state.

Prosecutors argued Monday that Redwood had shot and killed Cannon in retaliation of his assault, and that he was identified as the shooter by witnesses and video surveillance in the case. But Redwood’s defense attorney, Katerina Semyonova, claimed that the government’s evidence is inconsistent, and that Redwood does not fit the full description of the shooter.

At the preliminary hearing Monday, MPD Detective Kenniss Weeks testified that Cannon was not involved in the assault on Redwood, but that the shooting was Redwood retaliating after being stabbed.

Weeks said Redwood yelled out moments before the shooting, “I’m going to kill all you m****r f****rs!”

Charging documents state that the day Cannon was murdered, a witness heard a single gunshot, then turned around to see a man with a gun chasing Cannon down the sidewalk before shooting again.

The witness then saw Cannon fall to the ground. The shooter then stood over Cannon pointing the gun at him before fleeing the scene, documents state.

The witness described the shooter as a black male, with a fade haircut, who wore blue jeans and a black puffy vest jacket. Police found a black puffy vest jacket in Redwood’s apartment that fit the witness’ description, court documents say.

The case is scheduled for a felony status conference on April 4 with Judge Rhonda Winston.

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