Photo: Judge Christopher Welch – HN file image
BARNSTABLE – In a Detention Hearing held yesterday – 5/25/2021 – a Hyannis man charged with several felony assault crimes, including Aggravated Rape, was adjudicated into the custody of his mother, according to court documents.
Daishawn Williams, age 18, of Hyannis, was arrested without incident during a “high risk” traffic stop on a Straight Warrant that was issued upon a “statement of facts” being filed on the same day of the arrest, Thursday morning, May 13, 2021.
Later that same day – May 13, 2021 – Williams was arraigned on the charges of Aggravated Rape, two counts of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Person Age 14 Or Over, Assault & Battery With a Dangerous Weapon, Larceny From a Building, and an additional count of Assault & Battery.
During his arraignment, Judge Christopher Welch advised Williams of his right to counsel. The Committee for Public Counsel was then appointed to represent Williams.
Also during his arraignment – May 13, 2021 – the Commonwealth filed a written motion based on dangerousness, seeking an order for “pre-trial detention or release” according to conditions under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 276 Section 58A (“Conditions for release of persons accused of certain offenses involving physical force or abuse…”). Judge Welch then ordered Williams be detained in the Barnstable County Correctional Facility pending the completion of a Dangerous Hearing.
Yesterday – Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – a Detention/Dangerous Hearing was held in Barnstable District Court, according to court documents. Also, according to reports, the Commonwealth argued that Williams should not be released to ensure the safety of the community.
In a Cape Cod Times report:
The Commonwealth argued that according to the police report, “The victim said that during the attack, which reportedly happened in a hotel room, her head at times was forced underwater and she had to fight her way out to be able to breathe.” It was noted that the case was still under investigation and that there were four parties of interest in connection to the alleged attack. The defense reportedly argued that Williams be released into at-home confinement with his mother “and to continue his high school education remotely.” Judge Welch called the case “complicated,” and that “It is a case he thinks would go to trial because there are a lot of points of view.” The article continues with Judge Welch saying that he found Williams “very dangerous.” The article also touches on the defendant’s past, “The prior history the Commonwealth put together about Williams is distressing, Welch said, because it does show ‘a young man who is clearly violent in circumstances all over the place, between hitting a person with a rebar and walking by girls in the hallway and allegedly touching them.’”
After hearing arguments, a decision was made. “Upon a finding of dangerousness” under MGL Chapter 276 Section 58A, Judge Welch released Williams under certain conditions: 1. “Defendant will remain in the custody of mother, who agrees to assume supervision and to report any violation of a release of condition to this Court, and is able reasonably to assure the Court that the defendant will appear as required and will not pose a danger to the safety of any person or the community.” 2. The defendant was ordered to home confinement. 3. The defendant was ordered to be monitored electronically by GPS. 4. No contact with the alleged victim or potential witnesses. 5. Stay away from the alleged victim or potential witnesses.
Williams is schedule to appear in Barnstable District Court on June 23 for a Probable Cause Hearing.
* All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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