Judge Grants Defense’s Request to Continue Hearing


During a preliminary hearing on March 4, a defense attorney requested a continuance in order to go through all of the evidence material.

Jaykell Mason, 20, is charged with first-degree murder while armed with a firearm for allegedly shooting Terence Dantzler, 29, on Feb. 13, 2020, on the 700 block of 8th Street, NW. 

Mason’s defense attorney, Ieshaah Murphy told DC Superior Court Judge Todd E. Elderman that she needed a continuance in order to go through all the material. 

Murphy said the prosecution sent a lot of material the previous evening.

She also said the defense, despite the large volume of evidence, were still waiting for the rest of the material. 

The prosecution did not object to the request for a continuance. 

The prosecutor also said that as soon as he had all the testing results and evidence, he would send it to the defense. 

Judge Edelman continued the hearing to give counsel time to properly prepare. 

Mason’s rescheduled preliminary hearing is set to occur on April. 1. 

This article was written by Lea Gianasso.