Probable Cause Found Against Gregory Green in the Shooting Death of Derrick Williams

Judge John Ramsey Johnson ruled Tuesday that there is probable cause to continue holding Gregory Allen Green, 25, in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Eugene Williams.

Williams, 35, was found lying on the sidewalk shortly after midnight on March 29 in the 1200 block of Eaton Place Southeast with a gunshot wound to his head. Four days later, Green was held without bond on suspicion of first-degree murder while armed, felony murder, and attempted robbery.

Johnson cited the seriousness of the charges and Green’s prior convictions as reasons for holding Green. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrienne Dedjinou said Tuesday that Green was on supervised release for a drug charge and a robbery charge when Williams was killed.

Metropolitan Police Detective Ray Shields testified Tuesday that a witness told police that they heard two or three gunshots, a pause, one more gunshot, and then moments later saw Green and another man standing over Williams.

The witness has known Green as “Face” or “Little Greg” for more ten years and saw Green’s face as he rummaged through Williams’ pockets for what appeared to be money, according to Shields.

The second man told Green, “Let’s go,” but Green responded, “F*ck that,” and continued looking in Williams’ pockets, the witness told Shields.

The men then fled the scene and Green held his waistband as if carrying a firearm, the witness told Shields.

Defense attorney Katerina Semyonova argued that the case relies only one witness’s identification of Green, and that the witness never saw the shooting.

Semyonova added that no weapons have been found in connection with the case.

“It’s certainly not beyond a reasonable doubt yet, but I find probable cause at this point,” said Judge Johnson.

A felony status hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 5.

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