2021 | Courts

UPDATED: Nephew of former Wizards star convicted of attempted second-degree murder

Charge was related to road-rage shooting, authorities say

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This story was updated at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 2021, to add additional details about the case

The nephew of a former Washington Wizards star was convicted Thursday of trying to kill a driver following a road rage incident in Germantown two years ago.

D’Andre Wall, a 30-year-old nephew of NBA player John Wall, was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder in 2019 after Montgomery County police say he shot at driver who allegedly cut him off.

The driver’s girlfriend was struck and was paralyzed from the shooting.

A Montgomery County jury found Wall, of Germantown, guilty of attempted second-degree murder and use of a handgun in a violent crime on Thursday, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Aug. 8, 2019, the driver, who was 17 at the time, and the girlfriend had driven to Crystal Hill Circle to sell THC cartridges — which are used to consume cannabis — to the driver’s friend, according to charging documents. While on Crystal Rock Drive, he cut off another vehicle, the driver told police.

Wall, who was driving the vehicle that was cut off, “became irate” and threatened the driver who had cut him off, charging documents state. When the driver got to Crystal Hill Circle, Wall pulled up next to him, yelled threats and pounded on the window. Wall then drove off.

When the driver tried to “make contact for the drug transaction,” Wall pulled up again. Wall displayed a handgun and “racked the slide” before driving off, according to charging documents.

The driver drove to the front of the complex, as Wall approached him on foot. Wall raised his gun and fired multiple shots toward the driver’s vehicle, charging documents state. One of the bullets went through the trunk and front passenger seat, hitting the girlfriend in the back. They drove away, and he took his girlfriend to a hospital.

Wall was arrested about a week after the shooting, according to court records. His trial started earlier this month, and the jury concluded its deliberations on Thursday.

The State’s Attorney’s Office said the other driver has asked that his name not be made public.

Wall will be sentenced Jan. 10. He could face up to 40 years in prison on the attempted murder charge and up to an additional 20 years for the handgun charge, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Wall’s attorney, Steven Kupferberg, declined to comment to Bethesda Beat on Thursday.

State’s Attorney John McCarthy said in a statement on Thursday that Wall’s actions were “inexcusable.”

“This act of violence stemming from road rage led to a young woman nearly losing her life. We thank her for her courage in participating in the trial and look forward to a lengthy prison sentence for D’Andre Wall,” he said in the statement.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com