Homicide Defendant Found Competent to Stand Trial

During a June 9 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee found a murder defendant mentally competent to stand trial. 

Karon L. Brown, 30, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Cynthia Barringer, 32, on Oct. 31. 

According to court documents, the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services received multiple 911 calls reporting the smell of smoke in the building. Upon arrival, they found Barringer in a bedroom, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from a gunshot wound below her left eye.

After a series of mental observation hearings the defendant has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Marnitta King, Brown’s defense attorney, said she would like to reach a plea deal rather than go to trial. 

A plea was offered by prosecutors in late April. King said counsel has been working together towards an agreement.

Judge Lee scheduled a status hearing for June 24.