Defense Attorney Withdraws from Murder Case

During a status hearing on Oct, 22  a defense attorney withdrew herself from a murder case. 

Marquette Jordan was arrested on April 30, 2018, for allegedly stabbing 58-year-old Ivan Lynch on the 900 block of 5th Street, SE. Jordan, 28, was indicted on first-degree murder while armed. 

Defense counsel, Khadijah Ali, filed a motion to withdraw from the case for reasons not given in open court.

DC Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee, granted Ali’s motion to be removed while defense counsel Howard McEachern will remain on the case. 

D.C. Witness previously reported that Ali also wanted Jordan to receive a forensic evaluation, however, Judge Lee did not rule on the matter during the proceedings.

Judge Lee also gave both parties more time to figure out all the evidence issues, such as getting Jordan a copy of his complete interview with police and the surveillance videos Jordan claimed were tampered with during his hearing on Oct. 21

The prosecutor said she filed protective orders for grand jury documents as well.

A trial readiness hearing is scheduled on February 21, 2020.