Homicide Defendant Arraigned on Charges, Pleads Not Guilty

DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee arraigned a defendant on first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. 

Kirk Spencer, 27, is accused of shooting 49-year-old Marcus Covington on Feb. 23, 2021, at the Anacostia Metro Station on the 1000 block of Howard Road, SE. According to court documents, the attending physician at the hospital declared Covington brain dead the following day. 

During the June 27 arraignment hearing, defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman entered a plea of not guilty on Spencer’s behalf. 

Parties scheduled a trial date for March 18, 2024. 

Judge Lee asked the prosecutor about what evidence he planned to test in the months leading up to the trial. The prosecution explained there was no DNA evidence, however, the prosecution may test ballistics evidence. 

The prosecution only has cell phone data as evidence.

Judge Lee instructed the prosecution to notify Cadman immediately after receiving the ballistics report in order to avoid delays. 

Spencer’s next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4