Murder Defendant Has One Day to Accept Plea Offer

During a felony status conference Aug. 5, the prosecution indicated that a murder defendant has only until Aug. 6 to accept a plea offer.

Tondrick Murphy, 29, is charged with second-degree murder while armed for his alleged role in the shooting death of 26-year-old Marquis Jones on the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE on Oct. 6, 2018.

The prosecution offered a plea deal  that would lower Murphy’s second-degree murder charge to voluntary manslaughter. The offer would also drop an unrelated misdemeanor offense.

Defense counsel told DC Superior Court Judge Todd Edelman that more time was needed to consider the offer. A specific time allotment was not discussed. Murphy previously rejected a plea offer in February of 2019.

The prosecution also said an indictment would be secured by the end of the week.

Murphy has a felony status conference scheduled on Aug. 23.