Grand Jury Indicts Defendant in 2018 Homicide

On Nov. 30, a defendant pleaded not guilty after he was formally indicted for his alleged role in a shooting that occurred in January.

A grand jury indicted Charles Young on first-degree murder while armed and a related gun charge for allegedly shooting 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE.

Following the reading of the indictment, the prosecutor said he is in the process of testing DNA. The prosecution was granted the ability to conduct DNA testing in August. The order was reinstated in September. 

Young’s co-defendant, Steven Robin, is also charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection to Poindexter’s death.  

The prosecution said that Robin, 22, is expected to be indicted by February of 2019.

According to court documents, one witness told police that four men exited a vehicle on St. Louis Street, SE, three of them holding firearms, and approached the victim. 

Another witness reported seeing a man coming down a hill on St. Louis Street shooting at a group of eight or nine people, according to the documents. The witness said the man eventually focused his aim on Poindexter, who sought cover behind a white Chevy Tahoe. Police found Poindexter suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on Benning Road.

Young and Robin are scheduled for a trial readiness hearing on Feb. 8, 2019.

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