Homicide Defendant Wants to Withdraw Guilty Plea

A DC Superior Court judge continued a March 1 hearing to give counsel time to file paperwork regarding the defendant’s request to withdraw his guilty plea.

A little over a year ago, 20-year-old Elijah Jarmon pleaded guilty to first-degree murder while armed in the death of 18-year-old Taquan Pinkney. Pinkney was shot on the 2000 block of Stanton Road, SE on Sept. 9, 2018. 

Defense attorney James King said he would be able to officially file the withdrawal motion next week. The prosecutor requested a few days to respond, saying she plans to object to the motion. 

Jarmon was also indicted on charges of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and assault with intent to kill while armed, but those charges were dropped as part of  the plea agreement. 

Judge Milton Lee scheduled the next hearing for March 29.