Judge Removes Murder Defendant from Halfway House

During a halfway house remand hearing Sept. 27, a judge ordered a murder defendant’s release be revoked.

Sean McKenzie, 22, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE. Charles Young, Steven Robin, and Edward Brown are co-defendants in the case, and are also charged with first-degree murder while armed.

McKenzie had previously been released to a halfway house on July 30. Since that time he was caught violating several rules, and the prosecution requested that he be held in jail without bond. DC Superior Court Judge Todd E. Edelman granted that request.

McKenzie was seen approaching a gold vehicle outside the halfway house, despite being told not to. After he was searched, he was found to be carrying $240 in cash, a digital scale, and rolling papers.

It is against halfway house policy to have more than $50 on your person. A digital scale and rolling papers are considered drug paraphernalia.

McKenzie is scheduled for a felony status conference on Nov. 15.