Parties in Murder Case Await Evidentiary Material

Parties in a murder case informed a DC Superior Court judge about delays they were experiencing in obtaining evidentiary material on Sept. 9.

Nathan Hunter, 39, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 44-year-old Ronald McKnight on April 18 on the 1600 block of 7th Street, NW. 

Defense attorney Frances D’Antouno requested the original tape of his client’s first interview after being arrested. The prosecution said that, due to issues with the recording, the tape was sent to have its sound enhanced and has not yet come back into their possession. They said they will send it over once it is found.

Parties are also still waiting for a full autopsy report from the medical examiner’s office. The prosecution said the medical examiner is still working on the toxicology results. Parties say they have not received a definitive date as to when they will receive the report.

D’Antouno also recently requested video and photo evidence but said she does not expect to receive it soon.

Judge Marisa Demeo scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 14, at which time they plan to review the issues with the discovery evidence. They are hoping to be able to schedule a preliminary hearing to determine if the case has enough evidence to go to trial when they reconvene at that time.