2 Of 3 Homicide Co-Defendants Reject Plea Offer

Two co-defendants rejected their plea deals during a June 21 hearing. 

Vorreze Thomas Jr., 24, is charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with intent to kill while armed, and two charges for unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a rifle or shotgun with a prior crime of violence.

Delonte Stevenson, 27, is charged with conspiracy, first-degree while armed, three counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The defendants are charged in connection with the January 2021 death of Terrance Allen, 31.

The prosecution offered plea deals of lesser charges to both defendants, but the offers were rejected.

A third defendant, Brianca Phillips, was arrested on June 2.

Phillips is charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder while armed, and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Phillips was not present for the June 21 hearing as she was under COVID quarantine at the DC Jail. 

The prosecution is working on a plea deal for Phillips and plans to extend it shortly.

DC Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo presided over the case. 

A status hearing is scheduled for Aug. 2, so that Judge Dameo can see all three defendants and verify if the June 2023 trial dates fit everyone’s schedules. If the prosecution can offer Phillips a plea deal by the next hearing, Judge Dameo said she will place the offer on the record in August.