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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Worm told D.C. Superior Court Judge Ann O’Regan Keary at a felony status hearing Nov. 4 that the government is close to offering a plea deal to Metropolitan Police Department Officer Kenneth Furr for allegedly shooting at a car containing three transgender women and two other individuals in the city’s Sursum Corda neighborhood.
Furr was originally charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon after his arrest for the shooting, which happened in the early morning hours of Aug. 26 following an altercation with three of the individuals at a nearby CVS, and a collision between Furr’s car and the car containing the group of five. On Sept. 2, Furr was held without bond after he was deemed by Keary to pose a threat to the community.
Worm and Furr’s lawyer, Harold Martin, told Keary they were trying to negotiate a deal and asked Keary to schedule another felony status hearing for Nov. 18. Worm said that a plea deal will have been extended to Furr by that date, though it may not by formally entered.
Keary agreed to schedule the hearing, but chided both Worm and Martin, saying that Nov. 18 would mark Furr’s third felony status hearing. Keary also warned the lawyers that if they had not worked out a deal by the third hearing, they would have to move forward with a trial.
Worm could not say if she had consulted with the any of those in the car, in that she is prohibited from speaking about consultations made during the course of an investigation. She added, however, that if a plea deal is reached, any victim would have an opportunity to submit an impact statement to the judge before sentencing.
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