Case Acquitted: Judge Schedules Preliminary Hearing in Murder Case

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This case was acquitted on Dec. 16, 2022.

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a preliminary hearing to determine if a homicide case has enough evidence to go to trial. 

Reginald Hooks, 35, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 22-year-old Dy’Mani Priestley on Jan. 5 on the 1200 block of U Street, NW.  Hooks’ co-defendant, Ladaryl Canty, is charged with obstruction of justice and tampering with physical evidence.

The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14.

During the Nov. 19 hearing, parties told Judge Juliet McKenna that Canty, 49,  did not have an attorney. They were unsure when to schedule the preliminary hearing because they had no one to contact in Canty’s case. 

Judge Juliet McKenna appointed defense attorney Kevin Mosley, who was in the courtroom for a separate matter, to Canty’s case. 

Canty is scheduled for a presentment hearing on Dec. 14 as well.

Maria Marzullo wrote this article.

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