Judge Orders Mental Observation Screening in Murder Case

A DC Superior Court judge ordered a mental observation screening for a defendant charged with murder.

Marwin Thomas, 27 is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 33-year old John Pollard on Sept. 30, 2020, on the 3200 block of Hiatt Place, NW.

The defense requested a preliminary screening of the defendant’s mental health to determine if he is competent to participate in court proceedings. 

The prosecution did not have any position on the request.

Judge Jonathan Pittman granted the preliminary screening. 

The mental observation hearing is scheduled for May 25.

November 2020, 28-year-old Randle Price was also arrested for first-degree murder while armed in relation to this murder. He is scheduled for a hearing on June 7.