Judge Reschedules Preliminary Hearing in Homicide of  23-month-old Child

A preliminary hearing was postponed on Sept. 20 because of a defendant’s exposure to COVID-19 and his placement in quarantine at the DC Jail. 

JD Wheeler, 23, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the accidental shooting of 23-month-old Legend King Wheeler on the 2300 block of Chester Street, SE on Nov. 24, 2021.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman requested a rapid COVID-19 test for Wheeler to confirm if he will receive a negative test to attend a future preliminary hearing. 

DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun denied the request because he doesn’t think it will be appropriate to ask the jail to order a test kit. 

Wheeler’s quarantine is expected to end on Sept. 24. 

Judge Okun scheduled the parties to resume the hearing on Oct. 14.

To read more about the case click here.