Homicide Defendant Arraigned on Five Charges

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During an April 14 felony arraignment, DC Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe arraigned a homicide defendant on five charges including first-degree murder while armed. 

Seaun McDowney, 19, allegedly murdered 20-year-old Marquette White on the 3800 block of Commodore Joshua Barney Drive, NE on Jan. 21, 2022. According to court documents, 19-year-old Maurice Williams is McDowney’s codefendant in the case.  

McDowney was arraigned on charges of conspiracy, attempt to commit robbery while armed, first-degree murder while armed and two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

His defense attorney Roderick Thompson entered a plea of not guilty. 

Although McDowney’s co-defendant was not present at the April 14 hearing, Judge O’Keefe stated that he wants to keep the codefendants’ cases together. 

A status hearing is scheduled for May 17. 

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