Defense Asks for Victim’s Medical Records

During a status hearing Oct. 21, a defense attorney asked for all prior medical records of a child victim.

Brian Wooden, 29, is charged with first-degree murder while armed and first-degree cruelty to children for allegedly killing his girlfriend’s son, 1-year-old  Carter Sanders, on the 4700 block of Benning Rd., SE on May 16, 2018.

Wooden’s defense attorney, Marnitta King, requested that the prosecution turn over all of the medical records from the infant because she suspected there were prior injuries that Carter may have gone to the doctor for.

She said her investigator found two doctors that Carter had seen before his death, however, she did not know if the prosecution had already known about both of the doctors.

She also asked that the prosecution get in contact with Carter’s mother as soon as possible to clarify his records so that the trial date would not be continued for a second time. The trial, which was originally scheduled on Oct. 21 is now slated to begin on March 23, 2020.

The prosecutor said that Carter’s mother recently had a baby and was recovering. However, the prosecutor said she would reach out to the mother and get the names of the doctors. The prosecutor said she would give the defense the names of the doctors within the next two weeks.

The prosecutor said she needed two weeks to gather the information because she just finished a month long trial and had another trial in February of 2020 before Wooden’s trial.

DC Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee, said the prosecutor needed to focus on both trials because he would not push the trial date back any more.

A status hearing is scheduled on Oct. 30.