Homicide Defendant Rejects Plea Deal 

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On Feb. 9, a homicide defendant rejected a plea deal extended by prosecutors before DC Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe.

Huey Bandy, 52, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for his alleged involvement in the stabbing death of 60-year-old Orlando Murphy. Allegedly, Bandy stabbed Murphy after being shown a video of Murphy sexually assaulting Bandy’s 18-year-old daughter. The incident occurred on June 7, 2022, at the 3600 block of Brothers Place, SE.

According to court documents, immediately following the stabbing, Bandy realized what he had done and turned himself in to the police. Not once but twice: the first time being rejected, then another time after making an appointment with the lead detective to come back in.

Christen Romero Philips, Bandy’s attorney, informed the court that Bandy was rejecting the prosecution’s plea offer of one count of voluntary manslaughter. He also asserted his constitutional rights, including the right to a speedy trial. 

Parties alerted the court that they are prepared to go to trial on June 3, 2025.

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