Judge Denies Request to Reschedule Trial Date

DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee granted a continuance on Oct. 28 to discuss a new trial date and to provide updates.

Wilbert Whitaker is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Leo Hackett in April of 2016 on the 800 block of 21st Street, NE. He is also charged with possession of a firearm while armed during a crime of violence.

The trial date for Whitaker is scheduled for October 2023. 

During the Friday hearing, defense attorney Mani Golzari requested the date be moved to April 2024.

The prosecutor was not pleased, arguing that the defense is delaying the trial date since the case is six years old.  

Judge Lee denied the defense’s oral motion to reschedule the trial date. 

Whitaker’s next hearing date is scheduled for July 12, 2023. 

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