Co-Defendants in Drive-By Shooting Scheduled for Trial in Early 2023

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled four co-defendants charged in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed a 10-year-old girl to go before a jury in January 2023.

Isaiah, 21, and Antonio, 28, Murchison, Darrise Jeffers, 21, and Marquell Cobbs, 19, are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting of Makiyah Wilson on July 16, 2018, on the 300 block of 53rd Street, NE. The drive-by shooting is alleged to have been the result of a neighborhood rivalry.

The Murchisons were charged in 2019. The other two were charged in 2018. Cobbs is on pretrial release under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP.)

The trial is anticipated to last around two months. During the March 6 hearing, the courtroom clerk reported that September 2022 was booked for jury trials. The prosecution expressed concern that the holidays may cause interference if they book the trial to begin too far into 2022.

Judge Danya Dayson suggested that they can either schedule the trial for October 2022 and wait to see if an earlier opening becomes available in the meantime, or they can set the trial for the following January instead.

Parties chose the latter option, and Judge Dayson set aside Jan. 9 through March 10, 2023 for the jury trial. She also scheduled a trial readiness hearing for July 12 of this year.

Qujuan Thomas, 22, Quentin Michals, 23, Gregory Taylor, 25, Mark Price, 26, Quincy Garvin, 21, and Saquan Williams, 20, are also charged with first-degree murder in connection with the homicide. 

They are scheduled for a jury trial from May 2, 2022 to July 1, 2022. Jury selection for that trial is slated to occur from April 25, 2022 to April 26, 2022.

Quanisha Ramsuer, 27, is charged with obstruction of justice. 

Ramsuer’s next hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Andrea Keckley wrote this article.

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