Judge Schedules Motions Hearing for Early August

During a felony status conference July 30, a DC Superior Court judge scheduled a motions hearing on Aug. 7.

Steven Robin, Antonio or Sean McKenize, Charles Young and Edward Brown are charged with first-degree murder while armed for their alleged involvement in the shooting death of 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Rd., SE on Jan. 1, 2018. Robin and Young are also charged with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. 

Two motions, including a severance motion, were filed July 25 by Young’s attorney, Ronald Resetarits

 Judge Todd Edelman set a deadline of Aug. 2 for the prosecutor to respond to the motions. 

During a preliminary hearing July 9, Judge Edelman released McKenzie, 22, and Brown, 19, to a halfway house. Robin, 23, and Young, 28, remain incarcerated. 

According to court documents, a witness told police that Robin said he killed Poindexter. The witness said Young received a phone call from a woman, who was not identified. The woman said someone was trying to break her windows. 

The witness said Young told his friends to come with him to go scare whoever was breaking in the window. Apparently, Robin, Young and three other men grabbed their guns and got in the car.

Once the group arrived, there was an argument between the person who was breaking the window and the men in the car. According to court documents, Poindexter was with a friend who ran off when the shooting started. 

The witness said Robin did not fire the first shot. 

As the men were trying to flee the scene after the shooting, Robin got back out of the car to “finish off” Poindexter, according to the witness.

 The witness said Robin finished him off because Poindexter saw who he was and was still breathing. 

Court documents state there are four confidential informants in the case. The first placed Robin at the scene of the crime. The second informant told police that Robin killed Poindexter. The third heard Robin talking about the shooting. The fourth placed Robin and Young at the scene.

A status hearing is scheduled on Nov. 15. The case is set for trial in September 2020.