Murder Defendant Set to Go on Trial in 2024

A DC Superior Court judge scheduled a murder defendant to go on trial in 2024.

On the afternoon of June 28, 2020, Metropolitan Police Department officers found 20-year-old Antwon Duncan on a sidewalk in front of the 2600 block of Birney Place, SE. He had been shot multiple times. Less than a month after Duncan’s death, 21-year-old Diamante Butler was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed. He has remained at DC Jail ever since.

During a March 29 hearing, defense attorney Jason Tulley said his client is rejecting the prosecutor’s plea offer, and the prosecutor has rejected the defense’s counter offer.

Both parties requested a trial date. Judge Robert Okun set it for the earliest possible date in February 2024. He also scheduled an Oct. 21 hearing to discuss DNA testing.