Judge Sets Trial Date in March Homicide

During a hearing Feb. 11, a DC Superior Court judge set a trial date for a man charged with killing a woman nearly half his age.

Robert Wilson Dean, Jr., 60, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 38-year-old Tamiya White on the 1900 Block of 9th Street, NE on March 31, 2018. According to court documents, the murder weapon was a screwdriver.

Judge Ronna Beck scheduled Dean’s trial to begin on Oct. 23. Counsel agreed the trial would last approximately two weeks.

During the hearing, the prosecutor told the judge that she sent the defense discovery over the weekend. She also said she was in the process of conducting DNA testing and that she expects it to be finished by April 12.

The prosecutor didn’t specify what items are being tested.

Dean is scheduled for a status hearing on May 17.