Posted on June 11, 2024

Prosecutors Drop Murder, Kidnapping Charges in DC Carjacking Case

Paul Wagner, WRCTV, June 7, 2024

Murder and kidnapping charges against a woman accused of carjacking and then crashing a car with a passenger inside were dropped, in part because the medical examiner has not ruled on the manner of the passenger’s death {snip}

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

Kayla Kenisha Brown

Kayla Kenisha Brown

Leslie Marie Gaines’ daughter left her mother in a Mazda SUV at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for a moment Monday afternoon to get her a wheelchair {snip}

{snip} Brown allegedly got into the driver’s seat and took off with the 55-year-old Gaines still inside.

Nineteen minutes later, Brown tried to turn left onto D Street but “failed to negotiate the turn” and crashed into the building {snip} The building is the offices of the U.S. attorney and attorney general for D.C.

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{snip} D.C. Fire and EMS said paramedics found no injuries to Gaines, and it’s unclear if she died from trauma or other medical issues. {snip}

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