Motion Hearing Rescheduled IN homicide Case

During a hearing on July 22, DC Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo scheduled a new date for a motion hearing.

Derek Turner, 31, and Ronnika Jennings, 44, are charged with first-degree murder while armed, obstruction of justice and conspiracy in connection with the shooting of 28-year-old Andrew McPhatter on March 5, 2017, on the 3500 block of Wheeler Road, SE. 

Turner is also charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting of 23-year-old Devin Hall on Jan. 7, 2017, on the 3500 block of 6th Street, SE.

Jennings is accused of providing Turner with confidential information during her time as a customer service representative for the Metropolitan Police Department. Another co-defendant, Duan Hill, 33, is currently charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice. 

Parties were unable to continue addressing the motions in the case because Turner is currently under quarantine at the DC Jail until July 28. 

The trial is estimated to last eight to 9 weeks with the prosecution expecting to call around 80 witnesses. 

Judge Demeo scheduled the motion hearing to continue on Sept. 6, which was originally supposed to be the first day of jury selection. The trial has been tentatively scheduled for Sept 7. 

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