Judge Schedules Hearing for 2nd-Degree Murder Defendant

On Aug. 19, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun scheduled a preliminary hearing to determine if a murder case has enough evidence to go to trial. 

Michael Austin, 25, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Kayvon Kinney in the early morning hours of May 24 on the 1800 block of Gainesville Street, SE. 

Defense attorney Leo Alley wanted the preliminary hearing to take place earlier in September because of how his client has been held in DC Jail since July 9. He settled for a later date more convenient for both parties.

Alley also requested that the lead detective on the case be present to ensure accuracy in recounting the facts of the case.

Kinney had eight gunshot wounds in his head and torso. He was pronounced dead on the scene, according to court documents.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 17.