Man Charged in Six-Year-Old’s Death Held During Presentments 

A DC Superior Court judge held a homicide defendant and released two domestic violence defendants as well as one sex abuse defendant during presentments on July 29. A total of 30 defendants were presented. 

Judge Judith Pipe held 22-year-old Marktwan Hargraves, who is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of six-year-old Nyiah Courtney on the 2900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE.

The prosecution said the July 16 shooting wounded Courtney’s parents and three other people as well. They also said the defendant’s vehicle and text messages linked him to the homicide.

Hagraves is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 18.

Two domestic violence defendants were released. Their charges include simple assault and destruction of property. A defendant charged with misdemeanor sex abuse and simple assault was also released. All three of them are scheduled to return to court on Nov. 10.