Murder Defendants Receive New Trial Date

A scheduling conflict between counsel pushed the trial date for a murder case from May 20, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2019.

Co-defendants Charles Young and Steven Robin are charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Kenneth Poindexter in January on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE.

According to court documents, Poindexter, 29, was playing on his phone when a white sedan, allegedly driven by Young, 27, pulled up. 

Witness accounts of the incident vary. According to one witness, four men exited the vehicle, three of them holding firearms, and approached the victim. Young was identified as the one man not holding a weapon.

Another witness reported seeing a man “coming down the hill shooting a firearm” at a group of eight or nine people, eventually focusing his aim on Poindexter who sought cover behind a white Chevy Tahoe. The shooter was described as a black male with short hair.

A third witness described a second shooter wearing a hoodie with dreadlocks, carrying a small gun with an extended magazine. 

Court documents state that an autopsy showed Poindexter was shot eight times. Forensic technicians recovered more than forty 9mm, .40 and .45 caliber shell casings from the scene.

DC Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff also reinstated Sept. 7 an order for a DNA sample to be collected from each defendant. The judge’s previous order expired.

Young and Robin, 22, are scheduled for a felony status conference on Oct. 12.