Judge Sets New Jury Trial Dates for 2016 Murder Case

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A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a 2016 murder case to go to trial again.

In March 2019, a jury found 63-year-old Kimberly Thompson guilty of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting of 53-year-old Charles Mayo on Dec. 17, 2015, on the 1900 block of Bennett Place, NE. 

During the Feb. 24 trial readiness hearing, Judge Juliet McKenna decided to have the trial in January 2022, saying it would be difficult to find a jury during the holiday season. 

Judge McKenna set aside Jan. 19 through Feb. 3, 2022 for the trial. Jury selection is set to take place on Jan. 19 and 20, and the trial itself is set to begin on the Jan. 21.

In January 2016, Judge Milton Lee ordered a new trial for the defendant due to the prosecution’s failure to disclose important case information. 

When asked for an explanation, the prosecution said, “It was just negligence on our part.”

Judge Lee said he believed this.

A motion and trial readiness hearing is also scheduled for Nov. 17. 

Brennan Fiske wrote this article.

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