Defense Requests Continuance

A judge granted a continuance for a preliminary hearing.

Tylek Dunkins, 18, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of 15-year-old Amoni Richardson at 3900 block of East Capitol Street, SE. Dunkins allegedly struck Richardson while she was walking outside of a marked crosswalk from the south side of the street to the north side.

During a preliminary hearing on Feb. 13, the defense asked for a continuance, which was granted by the DC Superior Court Judge Anita Josey-Herring

As a part of Dunkins’ release conditions, he has to be tested for a number of substances including synthetic cannabinoids and marijuana. Dunkins’ results came back negative, according to his lawyer.

However, it came to Judge Josey-Herring’s attention that Dunkins had not actually been tested for marijuana, which is a mistake the pretrial office admitted to.

On Feb. 13, Judge Josey-Herring reentered the order to include marijuana.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled to occur on March 17.