Case Acquitted: Murder Defendant Rejects Plea Offer Again

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This case was acquitted on Dec. 16, 2022.

During a Sept. 30 hearing, a murder defendant rejected a plea offer in connection to a 2020 homicide case. 

Reginald Hooks, 37, is charged with second-degree murder while armed with a knife for allegedly stabbing 22-year-old Dy’Mani Priestley on Jan. 5, 2020, on the 1200 block of U Street, NW

The prosecutor submitted a plea agreement offering to accept the lesser charge if Hooks pleaded guilty. If accepted, the defendant would have to serve 60-months in prison.

Hooks’ defense attorney, Harris Quiana, rejected the plea offer on behalf of her client on Friday.

The prosecution previously offered the defendant a plea offer on June 14, but it was also rejected.

DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan scheduled a motion hearing for Oct. 21. The trial is currently set for Nov. 8.

The prosecutor said he anticipates having 15 expert witnesses at the trial.

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