Judge Continues Ascertainment of Counsel Hearing for Homicide Defendant

A DC Superior Court judge continued an April 29 ascertainment of counsel hearing for a defendant charged in two homicide cases. 

Rasheed Young, 43, is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the 1996 shooting of 26-year-old Cedric Rogers. On June 11 of that year, Rogers and others were playing basketball on the 300 block of Franklin Street, NE when he was shot four times, according to court documents.

Young is also charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 39-year-old Ronald William Richardson, Jr on May 20, 2018, on the 2300 block of 4th Street, NE.

Young was arrested for both homicides last December.

During the April 29 hearing, the defense attorney for both cases, Bernadette Armand, said the defendant is not sure if he will retain new counsel. The potential new attorney, Dorsey Jones, plans to meet with Young at DC Jail soon to talk about it. 

Judge Judith Smith scheduled an ascertainment of counsel hearing for both cases for May 26.