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Court Appearance Introduces Witness in Reston Shooting

by Karen Goff July 23, 2015 at 9:30 am 2,197 25 Comments

Dominique May/Credit: FCPDEddie Rodriguez/Credit: FCPDAll three of the suspects in the fatal shooting at Stoneview Square in May appeared in Fairfax County Court on Wednesday.

While they were scheduled for preliminary hearings, the appearances became more of administrative scheduling sessions for Dominique May, 18, Eddie Rodriguez, 22, and Jalan Merrill, 21.

The three men have been all been charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Fairfax County Police said the men were allegedly involved in a fight that ended with the shooting death of 24-year-old Rashad Kejuan Daye on May 17.

None of the men have been directly charged in Daye’s death.

Wednesday’s court appearance introduced for the first time a witness, Kevin Baldwin. Sources said the residence in the 11600 block of Stoneview Square was Baldwin’s residence.

Police said at a Hunters Woods community meeting in May that the resident of the condo, who was not named by police at that time, is not facing charges “because according to law, he was defending himself in his own home,” said FCPD Lt. Lance Schaible.

Virginia statute allows for use of force in relation to perceived threat, says Schiable.

“If someone is in your home … you can take the level of force you feel necessary,” he said. “Ultimately, the decision [on level of force allowed  by law] is made by the Commonwealth’s Attorney.”

At Wednesday’s proceedings, Rodriguez waived the preliminary hearing on both charges. He will appear in Fairfax County Circuit Court Sept. 15. Merrill waived the preliminary hearing on the robbery charge. He will appear Aug. 20. May received a continuance on his preliminary hearing to Sept. 29.

Baldwin is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on separate felony and misdemeanor drug charges on Sept. 8. Those charges stem from a February arrest.

Photos: Left, Dominique May; Right, Eddie Rodriguez/Courtesy FCPD

  • Emmanuel Goldstein

    I would mention to the court that these poor youths are under the age of 25. This means their frontal lobes’ have yet to fully develop and they were unaware of their actions. I would then direct the court to the mothers of these children. As they will tell you, on the record, they are “good boys who didn’t do nuffin”

    • GB

      Can we give the frontal lobes thing a rest?

      • Tom

        Unfortunately trolls never know when to give it a rest. That’s why they’re trolls. Frankly I would like to see them blocked from commenting. They’re a waste of space.

        • TrollHunter

          There’s always a fine line between moderating and censorship. I believe it’s better to err on the side of allowing everything and educating those who fall for the antics to ignore them. At least the trolls here aren’t yet as bad as the situation reported from Fairfax Underground. Unfortunately, I fear this is just juvenile training ground and things will simply get worse.

          • Emmanuel Goldstein

            I don’t believe anyone here would condone violence or resort to thuggery like those on that other site.

          • Chuck Morningwood

            “Juvenile” is such an ugly word. I prefer “Sophomoric”.

        • Greg

          So are you.

      • Ming the Merciless

        We will rest our frontal lobes on the table at Hooters.

        As soon as Reston has a Hooters.

        #HootersForReston

        • Wings!!

          Hey man, I’m just trying to have a decent plate of wings, a cold beer, and something nice to look at, without having to leave Reston.
          #HootersForReston

  • John Q Public

    such upstanding citizens being featured here

    • Emmanuel Goldstein

      They were just looking for room to riot. Perhaps the aforementioned victim had a confederate flag in his possession? However, it’s more probable that this was a drug deal gone bad.

      • Sheik Yerbouti

        they cant riot in reston, there is too much greenspace, not to mention the RA has a rule about rioting.

  • Greg

    Shadowood -> Shadohood.

  • Greg

    “If someone is in your home … you can take the level of force you feel necessary,” he said. “Ultimately, the decision [on level of force allowed by law] is made by the Commonwealth’s Attorney.”

    What a crock of crap. May I have a direct line to the commonwealth’s attorney so I can call and get clearance before I shoot? It will be too late for an opinion once I am shot.

    VA needs full castle doctrine. Now. Komrade Ken are you listening (or are you parading at the NRA)?

  • RASHAD

    WHY CAN’T WE SEE THE FACES OF THE OTHER TWO INDIVIDUALS IN THIS CASE. WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW IF THE SHOOTER WAS BLACK KILLING A WHITE MAN WOULD THIS BE WITTEN THE SAME WAY.

    • Karen Goff

      For some reason we don’t have the pic of Merrill in our system. Kevin Baldwin has not been charged with anything so we have no booking photo of him. Cameras are not allowed in court.

      • RASHAD

        THANKS I’LL TRY TO GET YOU SOME.

  • RASHAD

    Drug dealer that’s been in court numerous time. 5/28/2014 (POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA), 11/03/2014 (SALE, DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA) TWO CASES SAME RESULTS. NOLLE PROSEQUI. NOW FACING OTHER DRUG CHARGES COURT DATE SEPT.08,2015 (POSS.OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE) AND (POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA) CAN’T WAIT TO SEE RESULTS. KEVIN MICHAEL BALDWIN KILLER IS NOW FCPD’s AND VA.COMMONWEALTH WITTNESS TO HIS DRUG DEAL GONE WRONG . LETS US SEE THIS GREAT MAN.

    • Karen Goff

      Right. I meant arrested in this case. Not going to run a booking photo from a previous case. You know perfectly well the races of all the people involved. We will report what comes out in court.

  • RASHAD

    GUESSING FCPD DOESN’T HAVE PICTURES OF THE OTHER TWO IN THIS CASE. I UNDERSTAND TWO OTHER INDIVIDUALS SURFACES, LETS GET IT RIGHT.

    • Karen Goff

      Rashad – we have been over this both in the comments and offline previously. I can only report what I get from police, what comes out in court or if I have on the record, corroborated witness accounts (which I don’t, other than you repeatedly yelling half-info at me). Please stop.

  • Anonymous

    Karen, any update with Dominique’s court hearing yesterday? I am a former teacher of his and was wondering about what happened yesterday.

    • Karen Goff

      Sent to grand jury

      • Anonymous

        What is the date for that?

  • Anonymous

    What was the verdict?

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