John Bolton held in death of Christopher Fletcher; Charging Documents Describe Disagreement Between Men

John Bolton was ordered help pending a preliminary hearing today at his first court appearance on a charge that he killed 41-year-old Christopher Fletcher following a Southeast DC cookout.

Bolton, 49, is a resident of Southeast DC. Fletcher lived in Fairmont Heights, Md.

According to charging documents in the case, a disagreement between the two men started with Bolton showed up at the cookout and, in the course of greeting people there, approached Fletcher and “kissed at him as if he was a female.” When Fletcher didn’t respond, Bolton pressed him saying something to the effect of “What’s wrong with you, and other time you be playing. What’s wrong with you? You in your feelings or something?” After that, Fletcher “then began to play with” Bolton.

But the peace didn’t last long. Five minutes later, the charging documents state, Fletcher appeared to challenge Bolton, swearing and shouting out his location on D Street. A witness then heard Fletcher yell out words similar to that he was not a “Faggy.”

Fletcher was struck by gunfire one time; the single gunshot struck his aorta and killed him.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for the case for July 14 at 9:30 a.m.

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