Independence Day Murder Trial Postponed to September

DC Superior Court Judge Ronna L. Beck postponed a trial date for four men who are accused of murdering another man during an Independence Day shootout that left one dead and three injured.

The defendants are charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Dwayne Dillard on the 2600 block of Douglass Place, SE.

Shakim Lyons, one of the defendants, was shot in the eye during the shootout.

A trial for Jonathan Taylor; Lyons, 28; James Coffield, 26;, and Harry Herbert, 30, is scheduled for Sept. 24. DC Superior Judge Milton Lee will preside over the trial.

The trial was initially set for July 9, but Taylor, 27, requested new counsel, which further delayed the date. The other defendants kept their existing attorneys.

In place of the trial, a status hearing is scheduled for July 9.