2019 Murder Case to Go to Trial in 2023

A first-degree murder defendant is scheduled to go to trial next year.

Shortly after midnight on May 28, 2019, Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to the 2600 block of Birney Place, SE, for the sound of gunshots. William Boykin was found on a sidewalk suffering from three gunshot wounds. The 33-year-old died from his injuries at a local hospital. A second victim survived a gunshot wound to his left foot, according to court documents. 

Herman Williams was arrested for his alleged role in the homicide the following month. He has been held at DC Jail ever since. The 30-year-old defendant is indicted on charges of first-degree murder while armed, possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction and assault with intent to kill while armed.

During his most recent hearing on Feb. 23, parties agreed to schedule the trial to take place in June 2023.

Parties are set to reconvene for a status hearing on April 7.