Judge Sets Interim Trial Date for Murder Defendant

During a trial readiness hearing Aug. 27, a murder defendant was scheduled for a new interim trial date.

Marquette Jordan was arrested on April 30, 2018, for allegedly stabbing 58-year-old Ivan Lynch, a resident of Hyattsville, Md., on the 900 block of 5th Street, SE. Jordan, 28, was indicted on first-degree murder while armed.

Trial was scheduled to begin on Sept. 9,  however the new interim trial date is March 5, 2020.

At the hearing, defense attorney Howard McEachern informed DC Superior Court Judge Milton C. Lee that the defense is still waiting for discovery from the prosecution and would not be ready for trial.

The defense said they were specifically requesting surveillance video and jail house phone calls involving Jordan. Though the prosecution informed the court that they would turn over the information, the defense counselor said he would need more time to review it.

Defense co-counsel, Khadijah Ali, also filed a motion to withdraw from the case for reasons not given in open court. Judge Lee has not yet approved the motion, and Ali is still assigned to the case.

Jordan is scheduled for a status hearing on Oct. 8.