Defendant in 2017 Fatal Stabbing Re-Indicted

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On August 25, Keith Archie pleaded not guilty to all charges connected to the killing of Demond Rush

The stabbing occurred on July 29, 2017, on the 3600 block of 22nd Street SE. Rush, 32, was found on scene by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with multiple stab wounds to the torso. He was transported to a local hospital before succumbing to his injuries. 

Archie, 43, was re-indicted on one count of second-degree murder while armed, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or business, and one count of tampering with physical evidence. 

During the arraignment, defense counsel Jason Tulley objected to the indictment arguing double jeopardy as the case was previously dismissed in Feb. 2020 for reliability issues involving the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS).

When asked by DC Superior Court Judge Anthony Epstein why it took so long to re-indict Archie, prosecutors stated more attention needs to be focused on cases with defendants detained during the pandemic. 

Tulley will submit a motion to dismiss based on concerns regarding access to evidence in the case.

The next hearing is set for Oct. 24, 2025. 

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