Defense Attorney Requests Copy of Police Interview for Murder Case

A judge granted Sept. 20 the defense’s request for a copy of the first interview a witness had with detectives at the Metropolitan Police Department.

Dazmine Anderson, 17, was charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 30-year-old Jean-Claude Jackson on the 1300 block of Good Hope Road, SE on Oct. 7. Anderson, who was 16 at the time of the crime, is being charged as an adult.

Defense attorney Madalyn R Harvey requested that the prosecution turn over the witness’s interview tape so that she could transcribe it.

Harvey argued that a redacted copy of the witness’s transcripts are too confusing to be useful to her case. Harvey said the redacted copy did not make sense.

Harvey asked DC Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee to set a trial date so that she could also receive evidence. Harvey said she has not received any evidence from the prosecution. As of Sept. 23, a trial date has not been set. 

 Judge Lee said the defense was making a reasonable request to view the interview. He granted Harvey’s request.

The prosecution also presented a plea offer for unarmed voluntary manslaughter. The prosecutor said he has not determined what the sentencing component for the plea would be. 

According to the District of Columbia Sentencing Guidelines, a defendant convicted of voluntary manslaughter with a zero – 0.5 criminal history score could receive 4-10 years in prison.

A status hearing was set on Oct. 17 to discuss plea negotiations. 

Anderson is currently being held without bail.