Defense Requests Murder Defendant’s Release Due To Jail Conditions

The attorney for a defendant charged in the death of Unique Harris, who went missing in 2010, requested his client’s release due to the conditions at DC Jail.

Isaac Moye, 44, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Unique Harris.

Harris disappeared from her home on the 2400 block of Hartford Street, SE, on the night of Oct. 9, 2010. She has yet to be found. In 2018, the court granted a petition for a presumption of death of a missing person and issued a death certificate for her. Moye was arrested in December 2020.

According to court documents, Harris’ children reported her missing in the morning when they realized she was not in the house but her car was still in the driveway. Moye was on GPS tracking at the time and tracking records indicate that he arrived at Harris’ home around 10:40 p.m. on Oct. 9 and left around 7:20 a.m. on Oct. 10.

Moye was arraigned on the murder charge – the sole count of the indictment – during the Nov. 16 hearing. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Defense attorney Jason Tulley filed a motion for Moye’s release based on the conditions at DC Jail. The prosecution had not yet replied to the motion at the time of the hearing so DC Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz ordered them to do so by Nov. 19. 

Tulley’s motion explains how his client has experienced similar conditions to what the U.S. Marshals Service’s report describes as inhumane. He said it is difficult to meet with his client due to them.

According to Tulley, a co-counsel will be assigned to the defense and then they can move forward with picking a trial date.

Judge Kravitz set a hearing on Dec. 1 to select a trial date.