Case of DC man accused of killing 11-year-old boy to go before grand jury

The man accused in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Southeast D.C. will likely go to trial.

A D.C. judge decided that initial evidence presented against Tony McClam, of Southeast D.C., should go to a grand jury and ordered him held without bond.

The judge heard the details of the case against McClam, 29, who was arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the shooting of Karon Brown on July 18.

According to court documents, McClam confronted the boy and his friend at a McDonald’s parking lot along Alabama Avenue SE over a fight between the boys and McClam’s girlfriend’s son.

Out of fear, prosecutors said Brown sought refuge in a good Samaritan’s car, asking the two men in the car to drive him home. But instead, the driver made a U-turn to question McClam about threatening the boy, prosecutors said.

Defense lawyers told the judge that McClam acted in self-defense when he fired shots into the car because he thought he saw the driver reaching for a weapon. They said that McClam did not know that the victim was in the back seat.

McClam will return to court in October.

WTOP’s John Domen contributed to this report.

Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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