Defense Counsel Withdraws From Murder Cases

A DC Superior Court judge granted a defense attorney’s request to withdraw from two murder cases.

Rasheed Young is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 39-year-old Ronald William Richardson, Jr. on May 20, 2018, on the 2300 block of 4th Street, NE. The 43-year-old is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 26-year-old Cedric Rogers on June 11, 1996, on the 300 block of Franklin Street, NE. 

Defense counsel Dorsey Jones motioned to withdraw from the case back in June. During the Sept. 10 hearing, Judge Marisa Demeo granted the motion but held it in abeyance until another lawyer can be appointed. The defendant said he will be in contact with his family to see if they can help him retain counsel.

The prosecution extended their plea offer until new counsel is appointed. Judge Demeo scheduled a felony status conference for Oct. 14.