Homicide Defendant Contacts Victim’s Family from Jail

During a March 6 status hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt imposed a stay-away order upon hearing that a homicide defendant made contact with the victim’s family. 

Edward Brown, 60, is being held in connection to the murder of 77-year-old Michael Mahoney on the 2300 block of 11th Street NW on Feb. 5, 2018. According to court documents, Mahoney sustained multiple wounds to his hands and face, along with two fatal stab wounds to his neck. 

Brown is convicted of two counts of first-degree murder while armed of a senior citizen and one count of robbery while armed of a senior citizen. 

A victim advocate informed the prosecution that Brown had called one of Mahoney’s children from jail, leading the prosecution to request a stay-away order. 

Defense attorney Megan Allburn had no objection to the order, and she assured the prosecution that it won’t be an issue again. 

Judge Brandt imposed a stay-away order for all four of Mahoney’s children in the hopes that it will provide the family with “peace of mind.”

Allburn made representations that she would like to eventually file a motion for a new trial, which would not affect the current sentencing. 

Judge Brandt noted that it’s been five years since the incident, stating that “this chapter needs to close for everybody’s sake.”

Brown’s sentencing is scheduled for March 24.

Follow this case