Defendants Plead Not Guilty to First-Degree Murder

During a Nov. 21 arraignment, three co-defendants pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and armed robbery in a 2021 case.

On the night of July 2, 2021, 21-year-old Rosendo Miller was found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds after he exited a store on the 1300 block of Brentwood Road, NE. The defendants allegedly robbed and gunned down the victim. The suspected gunmen, 22-year-old Mark Fletcher, 22-year-old Malik Bynum and 21-year-old Larry White were arrested that night. 

DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan first read out the six charges to all three defendants who were indicted on first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, robbery while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm and conspiracy. 

Fletcher, Bynum and White pleaded not guilty to all six charges.

Judge Raffinan also granted prosecutors’ request for a Grand Jury protective order. The order will protect witnesses’ confidentiality, encouraging them to come forward and testify freely without fear of retaliation from any party.

The defendants are being held without bail.

A status hearing was scheduled for Jan. 27, 2023.

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