Judge Issues Warrant for Co-Defendant in Murder Case

A DC Superior Court judge issued a warrant for a defendant in a January murder case who failed to appear in court for her indictment Sept. 21.

Shaniah Davis is charged with accessory after the fact for first-degree murder for allegedly playing a role in carrying out and covering up the fatal shooting of Marty McMillan on the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE. Her co-defendant John McRae is charged with first-degree murder.

McRae was formally indicted on three charges: first-degree murder while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm with a prior conviction and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. Davis is scheduled to be formally indicted on Sept. 26. 

According to court documents, family members reported McMillan, 22, missing in April 2017. Police located McMillan’s “human remains” wrapped in a floral comforter in Forestville, Md. nearly six months later in October 2017.

Throughout an investigation, Metropolitan Police Department detectives learned that McMillan frequented a dating website and had plans to meet up with a woman who was apparently in a relationship with McRae, 41, and an unidentified individual. The woman initially told police that she didn’t know McMillan. However, during a subsequent interview, the woman told police that she had sex with McMillan, in the house she shares with McRae, on the night he was last seen.

The woman told police that McRae came home early from work and found the decedent in the house. The woman told the police that she heard gunshots from the room McMillan was in after McRae, who was armed with a gun, entered. Following the gunshots, the woman said McRae physically assaulted her and told her to clean up the area where the shooting occurred.

According to McRae’s grand jury indictment, Davis allegedly knew he was responsible for McMillian’s death and helped him cover up the murder by destroying evidence and lying to the police.

McRae and Davis are scheduled for a status hearing on Nov. 2.

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