Judge Grants Continuance for Defense Counsel

During a status hearing Aug. 1, a  judge granted both parties a continuance after defense counsel had a family emergency.

Tony Antoine McClam, 29, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 11-year-old Karon Brown on the 2700 block of Naylor Road, SE on July 18. The police initially charged McClam with second-degree murder, however Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond increased the charge July 24.

Ronald Resetarits stood in as McClam’s counsel. McClam’s defense attorney, James King, could not be in court due to a family emergency. The prosecution did not object to a continuance.

Court documents state that Brown had been seeking refuge in a vehicle when McClam, 29, shot multiple times at the fleeing car.

There have been seven homicide victims who were 18 years old and younger in 2019 as of Aug. 2, according to D.C. Witness data. Six of those victims, including Brown, died from gun-related violence.

DC Superior Court Judge Ronna Beck set a preliminary hearing on Aug. 30.