Domestic Homicide Defendant’s Hearing Rescheduled Due to Temporary Changes in Court Operations

Michael Garrett, 66, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly beating 71-year-old Sylvia Matthews death with a cane on Dec. 3, 2021, in a residence on the unit block of Elmira Street, SE. The homicide is believed to have been domestic in nature.

Garrett’s March 4 hearing had to be rescheduled in light of the DC Superior Court operating under an emergency schedule from March 1 to March 4 due to nonviolent demonstrations scheduled to take place in the area.

Judge Robert Okun asked parties if they would like to reschedule the next hearing as soon as possible or delay it. Defense attorney Kristin McGough asked Judge Okun to set the next date as soon as he could. With no objection from the prosecution, Judge Okun scheduled parties to meet again on March 18.

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