Homicide Defendant Rejects Plea Deal

During a June 30 hearing, a homicide defendant rejected a plea deal in connection to a 2021 stabbing.

Warren Tyson, 52, is charged with second-degree murder of 21-year-old Michael Johnson.  On Oct. 22, 2021, members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District received a call about a stabbing on 49th Street and East Capitol Street, SE. 

Terms of the plea offer were not disclosed in open court.

According to court documents, Tyson had previously sent numerous sexual texts to Johnson’s underage daughter, asking her to send explicit pictures of herself to him. According to the documents, he also bought her gifts. 

The day of the homicide, Johnson, Johnson’s minor child, and Tyson had gone to McDonald’s together. 

One of the witnesses told an officer the victim said he decided that was the day [Tyson] was going to jail, according to court documents.  

Johnson confronted Tyson on the way back from McDonalds, which made Tyson panic and drive at a high rate of speed. Johnson and another witness jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to call 911. Tyson then stopped the vehicle, approached Johnson and began stabbing him, according to court documents. 

Instead of a trial, a status hearing was held Thursday to make up for a previously vacated hearing because there was new evidence in the case.

Tyson’s trial is scheduled for Sept. 6, 2023. 

DC Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo scheduled Tyson to return back to court for a status hearing on Sept. 9.