Judge Denies Motion to Separate Defendants

A DC Superior Court judge denied Oct. 30 severance motions to separate three murder defendants.

Shakim Lyons, Harry Herbert, and James Coffield are charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Dwayne Dillard on the 2600 block of Douglass Place, SE in 2015.

Defense counsel for Herbert, 30, and Coffield, 26, filed a motion for severance, however, according to the prosecution, separating the defendants could cause issues because Herbert and Coffield wanted to claim self defense.

Not only were Herbert and Coffield’s motions to separate denied, but Judge Ronna Beck  also declined to set a date by which Herbert and Coffield must give notice of any prior bad acts testimony they wanted to use against Lyons, 28.

The judge will address motions to suppress evidence and identification during the trial next year.

A trial readiness hearing is scheduled on Sept. 18, 2019. The trial date is set to begin on Oct. 16, 2019.