Judge Continues Hearing at Defense’s Request

On July 15, a DC Superior Court judge agreed to continue a defendant’s hearing to Aug. 18 so that the defense attorney could have more time to review the prosecution’s plea offer with his client.

William Cox is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business, possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, unlawful possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition in a 2018 case. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction in March.

The prosecution has offered Cox a plea deal to resolve his outstanding cases. Defense attorney Albert Amissah said his client is very interested in the deal, but would like to review the case’s evidence before he accepts it. 

Judge Ronna Beck granted the defense’s request with no objection from the prosecution.

On March 26, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers were attempting to bust a narcotic operation, according to court documents. When they knocked on the door of Cox’s apartment, one of his children answered and the officers could clearly see a firearm in close proximity to the child. They then obtained a search warrant and recovered drugs, drug paraphernalia and multiple unregistered firearms.

Cox was released under the High Intensity Supervision Program (HISP) while awaiting trial in his 2018 case but was held in DC Jail for his more recent charge.