Counsel Requests More Time Due to Defendant’s Quarantine Status at DC Jail

Counsel asked DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee for more time to discuss DNA testing with a sex abuse defendant due to the defendant’s quarantine status at the DC Jail. 

The defendant, 22, is charged with multiple counts of assault with the intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sex abuse with force, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and simple assault for allegedly sexually assaulting four individuals on the 1700 block of Park Road, NW and the 1700 block of Newton Street, NW between July 10, 2021, and Aug. 7, 2021. 

During the hearing on Aug. 2, defense attorney Justin Okezie, standing in for the defendant’s attorney Rachel McCoy, informed Judge Lee McCoy has not yet been able to meet with the defendant to discuss potential independent DNA testing.

McCoy, Okezie said, will be able to meet the defendant once he is released from quarantine. 

In light of the delay, Judge Lee scheduled an additional hearing after the defendant’s release from quarantine on Sept. 1 to address potential DNA testing.