2020 Trial Date Set for Co-Defendants Accused of Slaying 17 Year Old

A DC Superior Court judge set a tentative trial date for two murder defendants who are charged with more than 24 infractions.

Robert Moses and James Mayfield are charged with first-degree murder while armed for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jamahri Sydnor on the 1400 block of Saratoga Avenue, NE in 2017. According to court documents, stray bullets allegedly fired by Moses,19, and Mayfield, 17, killed Sydnor and injured three others.

Mayfield’s defense attorney asked Judge Craig Iscoe to set a date because of the high volume of trials scheduled through the end of 2019. The court agreed to schedule a trial to begin on Jan. 7, 2020.

In addition, Moses and Mayfield are charged with assault with the intent to kill, aggravated assault while armed, conspiracy while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Moses is also being charged with obstruction of justice. Both defendants could face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

When Sydnor was driving with her 12-year-old cousin, a bullet struck Sydnor and incapacitated her, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. Her passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries. Two other victims sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Apparently, Sydnor was the daughter of a DC police officer and recent a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest DC. She was set to attend Florida A&M University.

Moses and Mayfield are scheduled for a status hearing on Nov. 9.