Defense in Murder Case Requests 60 Days to File Insanity Defense Notice

During a Jan. 27 hearing, defense attorney Ronald Resetarits requested to push back the next status hearing to file an intent to plea insanity. 

Cory Brown is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting his girlfriend, Latasha Estep. The murder is believed to have occurred on Aug. 7, 2020, on the 1900 block of Good Hope Road, SE. 

Following the defense filing the insanity notice, The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) will carry out an evaluation to declare Brown’s mental health. Defense attorney Resetarits explained to DC Superior Court Judge Anthony Epstein that this evaluation could take “several months to complete”. 

Brown, 41, was initially charged with second-degree murder, however, the charge was increased during a formal arraignment in February 2022. Additionally, Brown has a previous domestic violence arrest involving Estep, but the case was not prosecuted. 

Brown is currently being held with no bail at the DC Jail. 

Judge Epstein scheduled the next hearing for March 31 to check on the DBH evaluation process. 

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