Defendants Plead Not Guilty to Murder

After waiving a formal reading of their indictments, two murder defendants pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting a man in 2018.

Charles Young and Steven Robin are charged with first-degree murder while armed for their roles in the death of 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE on Jan 20, 2018.

During the hearing on April 5, DC Superior Court Judge Todd Edelman asked defense attorneys Michael Madden and Ronald Resetarits if they wanted to independently test DNA evidence. The prosecution previously conducted DNA testing and counsel said the results were handed to the defense. Both defense attorneys said they needed more time to speak with their clients.

Judge Edelman scheduled a status conference on May 3, so counsel could discuss what evidence needs to be tested.

D.C. Witness previously reported that Young was indicted by a grand jury in December for first-degree murder while armed and a related gun charge.

According to court documents, a witness said that four men exited a white Mercedez Benz shortly before Poindexter’s murder, and that three of the men were armed with firearms. Apparently, a man named “Chilly,” which is Young’s nickname, owned a white Mercedez Benz.

A trial for Young and Robin is scheduled on Sept 30.