Judge Denies Murder Defendants Request for Release Despite COVID-19 Concerns

A DC Superior judge denied a murder defendant’s request for release because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Herman Sylvester Williams, 28, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for his alleged involvement in the shooting of 36 year-old William Boykin on the 2600 block of Birney Place, SE on May 28.

On March 31, Williams’ attorney, Ieshaah Murphy, filed a motion to release Williams due to concerns over the coronavirus.

DC Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz denied the motion.

Williams is scheduled for a status hearing on June 16.