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By Ella Mitchell, Contributing News Editor • June 14, 2024

Man charged with assaulting professor released from jail

The man charged with attacking a part-time professor near Dupont Circle last month was released from jail Monday and assigned to a halfway house until his trial.

James Brown of Southeast D.C. was arrested for assaulting Jason Chambers, a fencing instructor in the department of exercise science, the weekend before Halloween. Chambers was found unconscious on a sidewalk and unable to provide details of the attack.

A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered Brown, 38, to wear a GPS-equipped ankle bracelet and remain in the halfway house at all times, except for court appearances, the Washington Post reported.

Chambers is no longer in a coma, but doctors were forced to cut out part of his skull where Brown allegedly stomped on it. The Assistant U.S. Attorney on the case said Chambers “will never be the same.”

Brown allegedly attacked him near Connecticut Avenue at about 4:20 a.m., according to a police report.

The Metropolitan Police Department had originally assigned homicide detectives to the case because of the seriousness of Chambers’ injuries.

Police told the Post that Brown and co-workers were moving Washington Post newspapers from one delivery truck to another at the time of the attack. Brown punched Chambers after he felt threatened, checked Chambers’ pulse and “got back into his truck and began delivering his newspapers, leaving the victim on the sidewalk,” the Post reported.

Charles Canty, who is representing Brown, said the court had not yet set a trial date.

“We understand that professor Chambers is very popular. We understand that. But there was an unfortunate series of events. My client is innocent of anything involving Jason Chambers,” Canty said.

– Colleen Murphy contributed to this report

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