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Long v. United States

687 A.2d 1331 (1996)

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Long v. United States

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

687 A.2d 1331 (1996)

Facts

Damian Long (defendant) left a friend’s apartment on Orren Street and headed toward Trinidad Avenue. Long wore a black jacket, black shirt and pants, black knit cap, and black boots. A man matching Long’s description attempted to rob three people at gunpoint while they stood beside their parked car on Orren Street. The man then proceeded down Orren Street, where he attempted to rob another man standing beside his parked car on Trinidad Avenue. The men scuffled, and the man matching Long’s description shot the other man dead. An eyewitness to the Trinidad Avenue shooting identified Long’s clothing but not his face. The Orren Street victims identified Long as their assailant and stated that after the attempted robbery, Long walked toward Trinidad Avenue, and they heard gunshots from that direction. Long’s friends stated that Long returned to the apartment on Orren Street without his knit cap, with blood on his face, and appearing panicked and sweating. Long carried a gun and told his friends that he had shot a man on Trinidad Avenue who attempted to rob him. Long’s knit cap was found near the shooting victim. The state (plaintiff) charged Long with assaulting the Orren Street victims and felony murder of the Trinidad Avenue victim. The trial court denied Long’s motion to sever the offenses. Long was convicted and appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ferren, J.)

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