Judge Sets Trial Date Nearly 5 Years After 10-Year-Old was killed

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On a July 29 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun set a trial date for 5 co-defendants in the 2018 homicide case of a 10-year-old girl.  

Qujuan Thomas, 24, Quentin Michals, 25, Marquell Cobbs, 20, Darrise Jeffers, 23, Isaiah Murchison, 22, and Gregory Taylor, 26, are charged with first-degree murder, criminal street gang affiliation and other charges in connection to the fatal drive-by shooting that killed 10-year-old Makiyah Wilson on July 16, 2018, on the 300 block of 53rd Street, NE. 

According to court documents, Wilson was getting ice cream when she was shot. She suffered a gunshot wound to the back which penetrated multiple organs. 

During the Friday hearing, all parties had difficulty scheduling a trial date due time constraint issues among multiple attorneys. 

“We’re going to have many issues with this many lawyers and a case this long,” Judge Okun told the court. “I think ultimately I’m going to have to choose a date that doesn’t work for everybody.” 

The trial is currently set to begin in February of 2023.

Quanisha Ramsuer, whose case was severed from the other defendants, is set for a hearing for Sept. 16, when parties are slated to set a trial date.

Mark Price, 28, and Antonio Murchison, 29, are set for trial on May 30, 2023.

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