Homicide defendant pleads not guilty to spousal homicide
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Homicide defendant pleads not guilty to spousal homicide

Homicide defendant pleads not guilty to spousal homicide

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Desmond Thurston pleaded not guilty before District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt on July 10.

Thurston, 46, is charged with first-degree murder with a weapon, burglary, possession of a firearm during a violent crime and unlawful possession of a firearm for his alleged involvement in the fatal shooting of his dating partner Patricia Johnson, 52, on Oct. 1, 2023, in the 4000 block of 13th Street, SE.

According to court documents, Thurston and Johnson had a history of domestic disputes, including calls to police 48 hours before the alleged incident. Johnson had also filed a protective order that had not yet been served on Thurston.

The parties are expected to meet again on August 5.

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