On July 29, a DC Superior Court judge scheduled a hearing for four co-defendants charged with murder.
Reginald Steele, Aaron Brown, Tyiion Freeman and Koran Jackson allegedly murdered 13-year-old Malachi Lukes by shooting him in the neck on March 1 on the 600 block of S Street, NW. A bench warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrests on May 27, and the defendants were charged with first-degree murder on May 30.
According to court documents, the defendants were involved in a gang in the District of Columbia. The co-defendants were getting revenge for the murder of a fellow gang member that occurred in the same area.
On July 29, the co-defendant’s attorneys appeared before the court to discuss next steps in the case. All of the parties agreed on scheduling a preliminary hearing at a later date to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Defense counsel said they still needed time to review the evidence with their clients.
The preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9 due to the amount defendants and evidence in the case.
All four co-defendants are being held at the DC Jail.