Counsel Informs Judge of Progress in Triple Homicide Case

During a felony status conference on Sept. 25, counsel updated a DC Superior Court judge on the progress of their investigations  

Rakeem Willis is charged with premeditated first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Sean Shuler, 26, Javon Abney, 26, and Tyrik Hagood, 24. The shooting occurred on Jan. 26 on the 1500 block of Fort Davis Place, SE.

The prosecution told Judge Danya Dayson that an indictment is expected before the March 12 deadline. 

Defense attorney Kevin McCants also said he would like to schedule another felony status conference because he was added to the case in August. He said he needs time to get familiar with the case.

D.C. Witness previously reported that Judge Dayson found probable cause that Willis was connected to the murders because, during the time of the incident, the path of the suspect’s vehicle matched locations from Willis’ phone records. An eyewitness connected Willis to the phone, confirming that he used it before and after the murder, according a Metropolitan Police Department detective. 

Judge Dayson said the evidence does not point to Willis pulling the trigger, but the matching locations of the suspect’s vehicle and Willis’ phone records indicate that he was involved. 

Also, Willis had a previous connection to one of the victims and was possibly going to meet the victim on the night of the shooting. 

The court scheduled another felony status conference on Dec. 4. 



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