During a felony arraignment on Aug. 21, a defense attorney asked to withdraw from a case due to differences about how the case should be argued.
Defense Counsel, Kevin McCants, said his client wanted him to argue that he killed Jones in self-defense, but McCants thought this was a poor strategy since Murphy was apparently on video shooting at Jones many times.
DC Superior Court Judge Todd Edelman asked Murphy if he wanted a new lawyer, and Murphy said “yes”.
Judge Edelman agreed to appoint Murphy new counsel, and set a date for an ascertainment of counsel.
McCants also said Murphy rejected two plea offer in February and August.
Murphy has an ascertainment of counsel hearing scheduled on Sept. 6.