SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

COMPLAINT

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Defendant s Name:

Brandon

Miller

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1211 Girard ST NW, Washington D.C.

Brandon M Her, within the District of Columbia, while armed with a firearm, purposely and with deliberate and premeditat d malice, killed Jamal Coates by shooting him with a firearm on or about September 28, 2010, thereby ca sing injuries from which Jamal Coates died on or about September 28,2010. (First Degree Murder While Arm d (Premeditated), in violation of22 D.C. Code, Sections 2101, 4502 (2001 ed.)

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Subscribed and sworn to before me this _ day of

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WARRANT

To The Unit~ States Marshal or any other authorized federal officer or the Chief of Police of the District of Columbia:

WHE~AS the foregoing complaint and affidavit supporting the allegations thereof have been submitted, and there appearing probable cause and reasonable grounds for the issuance of an arrest

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YOU ARE trHEREFORE COMMANDED TO BRING THE DEFENDANT BEFORE SAID COURT OR OTHER PERSON ~NUMERATED IN 18 U.S.C.3041 forthwith to answer said charge.

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SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CRIMINAL DIVISION

GERSTEIN

UNITED STATES

VS.

BRANDON MILLER

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at approximately 1223 hours, members of the Metropolitan Police Department heard the sounds of gunfire in the area of 13th and U Streets, Northwest. Citizens reported to officers that a gold colored vehicle had fled the scene following the shooting. A lookout for the gold colored vehicle was broadcast. Officers canvassed the area, they discovered a gold colored four door Dodge car overturned at the intersection of 11 th and U Streets, Northwest. When officers approached the vehicle, they observed an individual later identified as Jamal Coates inside of the vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds including one to the back of the- head. Officers also discovered a .9 mm semiautomatic pistol inside the overturned car.

Members of the District of Columbia Fire Department responded to 11 th and U Streets, Northwest and examined Mr. Coates and determined that death was apparent. Mr. Coates, hereafter referred.to.as.the decedent, remained on the scene pending transportation to the Office.of.the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia. An autopsy was conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner's office on September 29, 2010 and it was determined that Mr. Coates was shot in the back right side of his head, right-cheekbone, and right bicep. The wounds-were, all from the backto the front. The manner of the death was ruled a- homicide.

Detectives from the Homicide Branch located a person, hereinafter referred to as W -1 who was driving near 11 th and U Streets Northwest when IT saw a vehicle drive by IT at a high rate of speed and then hit a parked car and turn over. W -1 's vehicle then hit the car that had flipped over. W -1 saw two persons exit the vehicle that had flipped over and run away.

During the course of the investigation that ensued, members of the Homicide Branch

The events and acts describedabove occurred primarily in the District of Columbia and were committed as described by defendant(s) listed 'In the case caption.

Subscribed and sworn before me this 29 day of September, 2010

DwaY!le Corbett

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conducted an interview of an individual hereafter referred to as W-2. During the interview, W-2 stated that on September 28,2010, IT was driving northbound on 13th Street Northwest towards U Street Northwest as IT was approaching the intersection of 13th and U Street Northwest, a few feet ahead, when IT observed two black male subjects shooting into a vehicle that was parked at the intersection of 13th and U Streets, Northwest on the southeast corner of the street. W-2 described the shooters as fo llows: S-1 (5' 3", pudgy, light-skinned, with dreads to his shoulder, white shirt and skinny jeans); S-2 (5'8", slender, dark-skinned, and short dread twists, black shirt, blue jean pants) . .It appeared to W -2 that something was covering the bottom of the faces of S-1 and S-2. W-2 observed S-1 and S-2 were armed with semi-automatic pistols. W-2 then observed S-1 and S-2 run to and enter a grey Buick LeSabre with D.C. license plates (most likely a 2002 model W -2 believed) parked at the mouth of the alley just southeast of the intersection of 13th and U Streets, Northwest, with S-1 getting into the driver's side. As S-1 and S-2 were running to the grey Buick, W -2 observed the driver of the dark green car stick his arm out of the window and shoot towards the rear of the dark green vehicle (i.e, southbound on 13th Street). Following the shooting, W -2 observed the grey Buick then drive away eastbound through the alley. W -2 observed the dark green car that was being shot into then take a left onto U Street, Northwest.

Members of the Homicide Branch also interviewed an individual hereafter referred to as W -3.

During the interview, W-3 stated that on September 28, 2010, IT was in the area of 12th and U Streets, Northwest, and heard numerous gunshots. W-3 stated that immediately following the gunshots, IT observed a light colored sedan bearing District of Columbia tags DF7824 traveling eastbound through the alley that runs-parallel to and on the south side ofU Street between 12th and 13th Streets (i.e. coming from the direction of 13th and U Streets Northwest and-traveling in the direction nfW-3). This is consistent with the location of the direction of the suspect's vehicle as described by W-2. The-vehicle turned onto 12th Street and sped away south. W-3 observed one black male with short hair in the car.

Members of the Homicide Branch also interviewed an individual hereafter referred to as W -4.

During the interview, W-4 stated IT was 011 the north side ofU Street near the intersection of 13th Street Northwest when IT heard gunfire and looked up. W -4 saw two persons shooting into another car. W-4 then saw the car they were shooting into drive away down U Street eastbound. W-4 then saw the two shooters get into a tan 4-door sedan parked half-protruding from the alley on the southeast comer of 13th and U Streets Northwest, which then drove onto U Street and went eastbound.

The events and acts described above occurred- primarily in the District of Columbia and were committed as described by defendant(s) listed in the case caption.

Subscribed and sworn before me this 29 day of September, 2010

Dwayne Corbett

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Homicide Branch

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Deputy Clerk

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Detectives from the Homicide Branch responded to 1200 U Street, Northwest and reviewed video surveillance from a camera mounted on the south side of the building. The camera was in a position to capture the alley that runs parallel to and on the south side ofU Street between 12th and 13th Streets. As the detectives reviewed the surveillance they observed a grey colored sedan traveling westbound through the alley on the south side ofU Street just a few minutes before the time at which the shooting occurred near 13th and U Streets Northwest. Several minutes later on the video, the Detectives observed the same sedan traveling eastbound through the alley at a high rate of speed. The time that the grey sedan appeared driving eastbound on the surveillance were consistent with the time of the shooting.

Members of the Homicide Branch ran the tags DF7824, as provided by W-3, and discovered that the vehicle was a 2001 Buick registered to the address of 1211 Girard Street, Northwest. Members of the Homicide Branch responded to 1211 Girard Street, Northwest, Washington, DC, to canvass for the vehicle. Detective discovered the 2001 Buick bearing District of Columbia tags DF7824 parked at the rear of the premises at approximately 12:45 p.m. The vehicle is silver. Detectives felt the hood of the vehicle and discovered that the temperature was consistent with the vehicle having been recently driven. Detectives canvassed the area and discovered a surveillance system that captured the rear of 1211 Girard Street, Northwest. While reviewing the surveillance, detectives observed a grey colored vehicle pull in and park directly behind 1211 Girard Street, Northwest. Approximately five minutes later two male subj ects were observed walking from the rear of1211 Girard Street, Northwest. The males moved several trash cans into the driveway behind the grey vehicle and walked away. According to the video surveillance, the time that the grey vehicle is observed parking behind 1211 Girard Street; Northwest is shortly after the time of the shooting at the intersection of 13th and U Streets, Northwest.

While Detectives were still outside of 1211 Girard Street, Mr. Brandon Miller came to the scene and said the Buick was his vehicle. Detectives asked Mr. Miller ifhe would accompany them to the Homicide Branch and he agreed to do so.

During a subsequent voluntary interview, Mr. Brandon Miller said he owned the Buick Regal and provided his license plate registration as DF-7824. He said he owned the vehicle and had the only two keys to the vehicle. Mr. Miller initially said he was in his vehicle between 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm at the gas station at 14th and Euclid Street, NW. He said he purchased some items there and saw a guy whose first name he knows (hereinafter referred to as "John Doe"). He said John Doe

The events and acts described above occurred primarily in the District of Columbia and were committed as described by defendant(s) listed in the case caption.

Subscribed and sworn before me this 29 day of September, 2010

Dwayne Corbett

DI-1265

Homicide Branch

Police Officer

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District

Deputy Clerk

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asked him for a ride and they went to his house at 1211 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC. Mr. Miller said he had a white tank top on originally, but Mr. Miller changed his shirt to a black tee shirt when he got out of the vehicle. Mr. Miller said he did not drive anywhere else after that, he never went south of Euclid Street, NW, Washington, DC until he encountered the police.

While Mr. Miller was being interviewed, members of the Homicide Branch were executing a search warrant at Mr. Miller's home. During the search at Mr. Miller's residence, several items were recovered, to include two handguns (9rrun and .40 cal) inside a back pack found near the back door of the residence, an assault rifle (AK47) and Tech (machine gun) found in a bedroom, and a shotgun found in another bedroom. According to W-5, a resident of Mr. Miller's house, Mr. Miller slept on the couch in the living room and did not have a bedroom.

Metropolitan Police Department crime scene technicians recovered 9mm shell casings near the southeast corner of the intersection of 13th and U Streets Northwest.

Based on the weapons recovered from Mr. Miller's residence and the consistent shell casings on the scene along with Mr. Miller's admissions of operating his vehicle during the time period of the homicide, Brandon Miller was placed under arrest and advised of his rights, which he waived. Mr. Miller said he did not know the two guy's full names. He said he only knew their first names. He said he was at the gas station at 14th and Euclid Street, NW when he saw the two guys, who he described as wearing bluejeansand white tee shirts. Mr. Miller said the two guys asked him for a ride to Florida Avenue. Mr. Miller agreed and said he then drove the two guys to 13th and U Street, NW, and made a left into an- alley. He-said he parked-his car in-the alley and the two guys exited and went down the street. Mr. Miller then heard gunshots and then saw the two guys running back to his car. He said they got into his car and he sped down the alley. Mr. Miller said he dropped them off at his house. He said- he didn't know they were going to do what they did. Mr. Miller said the guns found in his house would not have ballistics matching to the shooting at 13th and U Streets, Northwest.

The events and acts described above occurred primarily in the District of Columbia and were committed as described by defendant(s) listed in the case caption.

Subscribed and sworn before me this 29 day of September, 2010

Dwa e Corbett

Dl-1265

Homicide Branch

Police Officer

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District

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