Defense Counsel Requests New Trial Date in 2014 Homicide Case

In light of their defendants being scheduled for trial in 2021, defense attorneys requested that a judge give their clients an earlier trial date.

Kevin Sewell, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for his alleged role in the death of 43-year-old Kevin Robinson. His co-defendant Charles Jeter, 36, has also been charged with first-degree murder while armed for his role in the victim’s death. 

During the hearing on July 27, defense attorneys Carrie Weletz and Rachel McCoy requested an earlier trial date from DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee. Sewell and Jeter’s current trial is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2024.

Judge Lee clarified that, if a trial date were to open up sooner, it would go to the defendants held for the longest period of time. 

“Everyone should expect the trial date as it is,” Judge Lee said. “Just because a date opens up doesn’t necessarily mean you are the first in line, it is the person who has been held the longest who is first.” 

The prosecution said a plea offer was recently extended to the defendants. 

Judge Lee also inquired into the status of any potential DNA testing, but the prosecutor said testing hasn’t been conducted.

The defense also raised questions about cellphone data the prosecution collected, however the prosecutor could not answer the attorneys’ questions. The prosecutor said answers will be provided at the next hearing.

Judge Lee said he will give the defense time to consider the plea deal as well as try to resolve any concerns about evidence with the prosecution.

Sewell’s appearance was waived for the hearing due to being quarantined for COVID. Jeter was present in the courtroom. 

According to court documents, on Nov. 30, 2014, Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 600 block of Edgewood Street, NE. Upon their arrival, Robinson, who is Sewell’s father, was found with a lethal bullet wound in his head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Judge Lee scheduled the parties to return on Sept. 15.

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