Prosecutors drop murder and kidnapping charges in DC carjacking case – NBC4 Washington

Murder and kidnapping charges against a woman accused of carjacking and then crashing a car with a passenger inside have been dropped, in part because the medical examiner has not yet ruled on the manner of the passenger’s death, according to the prosecutors.

The judge ordered the suspect, 22-year-old Kayla Kenisha Brown, of Southeast DC, held without bond on a charge of unarmed carjacking.

Leslie Marie Gaines’ daughter briefly left her mother in a Mazda SUV at MedStar Washington Hospital Center Monday afternoon to get her a wheelchair, police said.

Brown was with her family at the hospital in the 100 block of Irving Street NW at the time when she walked away from them, police said. Brown allegedly got into the driver’s seat and took off with 55-year-old Gaines still inside.

Nineteen minutes later, Brown attempted to turn left onto D Street but “couldn’t make the turn” and crashed into the building at 601 D Street NW, 3 miles from MedStar, police said. The building is the office of the United States Attorney and Attorney General for DC

A police officer immediately arrested Brown.

Gaines was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.

In a report filed in court Friday, DC Fire and EMS said paramedics found no injuries on Gaines and it is unclear whether she died from trauma or other medical issues. Gaines had multiple sclerosis and had fainted before the carjacking, according to evidence introduced Friday.

Police cannot explain the 19 minutes between the carjacking and the crash because they have no footage of the SUV during that time.

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