Judge Continues Murder Defendant’s Mental Observation Hearing

During a hearing Feb. 12, a D.C. Superior Court judge granted the defense’s request to continue a mental observation hearing for a murder defendant, who allegedly killed a senior citizen.

Malcolm Cunningham is charged with first-degree murder while armed of a senior citizen and first-degree burglary for allegedly stabbing 79-year-old David Norwood on the 600 block of C Street, NE. 

Defense attorney David Knight requested the continuance because the expert tasked with examining Cunningham was not available due to the recent government shutdown. Knight said he intends to secure an expert for the next hearing, which is scheduled on March 22.

According to court documents, Cunningham’s relative told police that in the weeks leading up to the stabbing, Cunningham threatened Norwood with a knife. The relative also said Cunningham previously threatened family members with a knife.