Murder Defendant Pleads Not Guilty to 2018 Murder

During a felony arraignment June 27, a defendant pleaded not guilty.

Elijah Jarmon is charged with first-degree murder while armed, four counts of assault with the intent to kill while armed and five counts of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence for his alleged involvement in the death of 18 year-old Taquan Pinkney on the 2800 bloack of Stanton Road, SE on Sept. 9, 2018.

DC Superior Court Judge Dayna Dayson set Jarmon’s trial date for Aug. 24, 2020, because the prosecution isn’t available until that time.

The prosecution said it plans to prepare a plea offer, but did not provide any other information about the terms of the offer. The prosecution also said a majority of the evidence would be provided to defense counsel by the end of the day. 

According to court documents, surveillance footage shows three suspects approach Pinkney and two other individuals as they walked northbound on Stanton Road. A fight broke out in the street and continued into a nearby alley. 

Pinkney and the witnesses were then followed by the suspects to the corner of Stanton Road and Douglass Place, documents state. Around that time, the Metropolitan Police Department Shot Spotter System detected gunshots and the suspects were seen fleeing the scene. The other two individuals, who were with Pinkney, survived.

A juvenile defendant is also connected to the case.

Judge Dayson scheduled a status hearing on Sept. 18.