Judge Sets Tentative Trial Date for Homicide Defendants

Parties in a homicide case settled on a tentative date for trial under the counsel of DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt. The next available date isn’t until nearly three years after the incident.

On Apr. 21, 2020, brothers, Daivion Williams, 24, and Dijon Williams, 23, allegedly opened fire on 30-year-old Nurudeen Thomas on the 4100 block of 14th Street, NW. Thomas was transported to Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries later that morning.

Daivion’s defense attorneys Andrew Ain and Errin Scialpi and Dijon’s defense attorneys David Knight and Pierce Suen expressed concerns over scheduling conflicts in light of the backlog caused by the pandemic. 

Counsel along with Judge Brandt settled on June 12, 2023, as the earliest possible date to begin undergoing trial.

Both brothers are charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence, first-degree murder while armed with aggravating circumstances, and carrying a pistol without a license outside home or business. 

During the Sept. 16 hearing, the prosecution estimates the trial would take about two weeks.

In the meantime, Judge Brandt and the parties are set to return to court on Nov. 4 for a status hearing, where they would also determine a more concrete trial date.