Judge Releases 2 Defendants to Halfway House

During a preliminary hearing on July 9, a DC Superior Court judge found probable cause that two defendants could have been involved in a murder in 2018.

Antonio (Sean) McKenzie and Edward Brown are charged with first-degree murder while armed for their alleged involvement in the shooting of 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE on Jan. 20, 2018.

Based of the testimony of a Metropolitan Police Department detective, Judge Todd. E. Edelman found probable cause that McKenzie, 21, and Brown, 19, were involved in the victim’s death.

According to the prosecution, a witness identified two suspects in the alleged vehicle that took the defendants to and from the scene of the crime. Additionally, McKenzie’s DNA was found in the vehicle. Brown’s DNA was not found in the car.

Judge Edelman agreed to release the defendants into a halfway house. He said he felt as if the defendants earned the privilege through their behavior in the past 18 months.

Charles Young, 28, and Steven Robin, 23, are also charged with first-degree murder while armed with a firearm and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for their alleged involvement in the homicide. Young and Robin were present so that counsel could schedule a trial date.

All four defendants are scheduled to be tried together on Sept. 8, 2020. They are also scheduled for a status hearing on July 30.