Defense Attorney Withdraws From Defendant’s Two Murder Cases

A defense attorney withdrew as counsel for a defendant facing murder charges for his alleged roles in two homicides that took place nearly 22 years apart.

Rasheed Young is charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 26-year-old Cedric Rodgers on June 11, 1996, on the 300 block of Franklin Street, NE. He is also charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 39-year-old Ronald William Richardson on May 20, 2018, on the 2300 block of 4th Street, NE.

The 43-year-old was arrested for both homicides on Dec. 23, 2020, and has remained in custody ever since.

Defense attorney Elizabeth Weller recently motioned to withdraw from the cases, citing irreconcilable differences between her and Young. DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun approved the request during a Feb. 2 hearing. An ascertainment of counsel hearing is set for March 3.