Judge Finds Probable Cause in Homicide Case

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On Feb. 9, DC Superior Court Judge Anthony Epstein ruled that there was probable cause in a homicide case. 

Reginald Jones, 66, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for his alleged involvement in the fatal stabbing of his romantic partner, Regina Morris, 52. The incident occurred on May 28, 2023, at the unit block of Potomac Avenue, SE. Morris succumbed to her injuries May 29, 2023. 

According to court documents, Morris’ body was found in the apartment she shared with Jones, with a significant amount of stab wounds to the face, head, back, arms, and hands. 

Jones turned himself in on June 8 to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) where he was then arrested, according to court documents.

During the hearing, the prosecution introduced the lead detective for the case, who testified about Jones’ alleged involvement in the stabbing. 

During his testimony, the detective formally adopted court documents that provide the series of events of the incident and another set of court documents that discuss a mobile app used in the investigation.

Latch is a smart lock app that takes photos of residents whenever they unlock a door. According to the detective, Latch captured an individual, identified as Jones, accessing the elevator and the garage of the building in which Morris’ body was found. There were no other individuals who were allegedly able to access the apartment except Morris and Jones. 

Jones’ defense attorney, Madalyn Harvey, believed that the Judge should take into consideration Jones’ age, health issues, and the fact that he turned himself in to make the decision on whether he should be placed in home confinement. 

The prosecution argued that an individual who allegedly committed a crime so brutal and savage should stay incarcerated. Judge Epstein agreed and claimed that no accommodation can protect the community from Jones.

Judge Epstein stated that the evidence provided by the prosecution was more than sufficient to find probable cause. 

Parties are set to return on May 17 for a felony status conference. 

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