Jury Selection Begins for Homicide Case

Oct. 20 marked the first day of jury selection for the second murder trial to come to the DC Superior Court since the suspension of jury trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic ended.

The defendant, 63-year-old Robert Dean Jr., is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 38-year-old Tamiya White on March 31, 2018, in the 1000 block of Mount Olivet Road, NE. White died from a stab wound to the side of her neck.

During the Oct. 20 proceedings, jurors were asked questions including if they had been victims or witnesses to a crime relating to domestic violence or homicide, if they have previously served as part of a grand jury and if they have any mental or physical health issues that would make it hard to concentrate during the trial.

A total of 80 jurors appeared during the selection, and 29 jurors were approved. Judge Marisa Demeo said she wanted a total of 40 jurors selected, so jury selection will continue on Oct 22.