Judge Takes Back Release Option While Defendant Is Pending Vehicular Homicide Case

After learning that the defendant is awaiting another hearing for a vehicular homicide on Oct. 24, DC Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe decided against releasing him.

Karlos Bibb, 22, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Jamya Williams on July 3 after causing a four-vehicle car crash.

According to court documents, Williams, 20, was traveling eastbound through the intersection of 14th and K Street NW when an Acura TLX traveling at high speeds of 60 to 70 mph going northbound on 14th street ran the red traffic light striking Wiliams. 

Williams was found in her car unconscious and unresponsive. Williams was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for treatment where she later died from her injuries.

Witnesses and video footage from a nearby building and a dash camera identified Bibbs and another assailant getting out of the car shortly after the crash and fleeing on foot. 

Bibbs is currently being held at the DC Jail pending the investigation for the homicide and a sentencing for assault with intent to commit robbery while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence that occurred on Nov. 29, 2021.

In the 2021 incident, Bibb’s entered a parked vehicle from the rear left passenger door with a victim inside, according to court documents. Bibbs then grabbed the victim by the back of his neck and demanded he give up his wallet. The victim declined the demand. 

Bibbs then took out a black 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun and demanded again. The victim declined again.

In response, Bibbs began to hit the victim over the head and arm as they struggled for the weapon. The victim feared for his life and exited the car as the struggle continued. Bibbs continued to hit the victim as he lay on the ground outside of the vehicle prior to an officer’s arrival. 

An officer, who was driving with his body-worn camera activated, saw Bibbs assaulting the victim. The officer activated his lights when Bibbs fled on foot. As Bibbs tried to escape the officer, he knocked himself unconscious. 

Members of the local Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) found Bibbs lying there bleeding with a black 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun. The victim positively identified Bibbs while being treated for his injuries at Howard University Hospital.

Defense attorney Brian Shefferman asked Judge O’Keefe to postpone Bibbs’ sentencing because of the pending hearing for Williams’ death. 

Shefferman described the investigation into Williams’ murder to be very “voluminous in evidence.” Prosecutors have not presented a plea offer for Bibbs in the homicide case.

The prosecutor is willing to postpone this case to see if a plea will be offered. 

Judge O’Keefe mentioned he was going to release the defendant with the hope that he understood his mistakes and would try to integrate back into society. However, those conditions were revoked until Shefferman provides an update on the homicide case. 

The next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17.

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