Defendant in Homicide Case Gets Time to Discusses Plea Deal with Attorney

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a status hearing for later this month to give a defense attorney time to discuss the prosecution’s plea offer with his client.

D’Aundrey Scott, 26, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly setting fire to 62-year-old Darryl Finney on the 900 block of H Street, NE on May 15, 2020.

During the May 3 hearing, defense attorney Roderick Thompson said the prosecution offered a pre-preliminary hearing plea offer to his client, but he has not had time to discuss it with Scott. Roderick requested two to three weeks to discuss the plea offer. 

Counsel said they initially had a preliminary hearing scheduled a couple months ago, but they were not ready to move forward because of disclosure issues.

Since then, defense attorney Roderick Thompson said the prosecution has provided the proper disclosures and now parties are ready to move forward. 

On May 13, 2020, Scott allegedly went to the 1300 block of H Street, NE around 12:36 a.m. and threw a shirt he lit on fire at a man who was lying on the sidewalk, according to court documents. The man did not sustain any injuries. 

Then, less than a half hour later, Scott allegedly set Finney, a shopping cart and two bags of Finney’s belongings on fire on the 900 block of H Street, NE. Finney died from his injuries two days later.

Shortly after, Scott also allegedly set fire to a porch on the 1400 block of Morse Street, NE.

Judge Milton Lee scheduled the next hearing for May 24.