Defense Requests Uncensored Evidence Pending 2023 Trial 

Ronald B. Resetartis requested the prosecution release uncensored evidence and a statement that one of the witnesses in the case told detectives. 

Thomas Fields Jr., 36, is charged with first degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 24-year-old Marquita Lucas. The stabbing took place on Aug. 17, 2019, on the 3700 block of Horner Place, SE.

Fields Jr. is also charged with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, three counts of tampering with physical evidence, three counts of possession of a firearm during crime of violence, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior crime of violence, and one count of kidnapping while armed. He received a 15-count indictment on March 3, 2021.

Resetarits requested the prosecution release an uncensored version of previously given evidence.

The prosecutor expressed a desire for the uncensored version of the evidence to be made accessible only by Resetarits and his newly appointed co-counsel, Quiana Harris, due to a prior protective order.

The defense accepted the stipulation and the prosecution agreed to release both uncensored and censored versions of the evidence. 

Resetarits also requested one of the witness’s statements that was not captured on body cam footage. 

DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt, who was newly appointed to the case, tasked counsel with getting their motions and expert notices in by Dec. 9. 

Judge Brandt set the next status hearing for Oct. 28.