Parties in Murder Case Prepare for Upcoming Trial

Parties in a murder case prepared to go to trial later this month.

Edward Brown, Steven Robin and Antonio McKenzie are charged with first-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 29-year-old Kenneth Poindexter on the 4700 block of Benning Road, SE, on Jan. 18, 2018. 

During the Sept. 8 hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Danya Dayson said that all formal requests must be submitted by Sept. 15.

The three defendants are also charged with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. McKenzie and Brown are charged with conspiracy to commit a crime of violence. Brown is also charged with prisoner escape.

On Aug. 18, Brown and McKenzie were indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly speaking with a fellow inmate who is one of the prosecution’s witnesses in this case. Judge Dayson previously allowed those cases to be included in the trial over the objections of Robin’s defense attorney, Kristin McGough, who argued that including these obstruction cases in the murder trial will prevent her client from receiving a fair trial by causing prejudice against him, D.C. Witness previously reported. Judge Dayson said a jury should be able to differentiate between the accusations against the defendants without issue.

Former co-defendant Charles Young recently pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to voluntary manslaughter. According to court documents, as part of the plea deal, the prosecution agreed not to call Young to testify at the upcoming trial.

Jury selection is set to begin on Sept. 27.