Defense Asks Judge to Hold Off on Setting Trial Dates for Murder Case

The defense attorney in a murder case asked a DC Superior Court judge to hold off on scheduling trial dates so he can have more time to prepare a defense and discuss a potential plea deal with his client. 

Kavonte Richardson is charged with felony murder while armed while committing or attempting to commit robbery in connection with the stabbing of 24-year-old Matthew Scott Rooker on the 600 block of 7th Street, NW, on May 23, 2018. The 27-year-old defendant is also charged with armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon in his case.

During the June 11 hearing, defense attorney Mani Golzari said he does not know if his client will take the plea deal the prosecution offered him. If Kavonte does not take the plea deal, Golzari said he will need more time to prepare a defense. 

Judge Juliet McKenna scheduled a status hearing for July 16.

AsiaDee Williams wrote this article.