Plea Negotiations Underway for Defendant Accused of Setting a Man on Fire

Parties in a murder case said they are negotiating a plea deal and are likely to reach an agreement in the near future.

D’Aundrey Scott is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly starting a fire that killed 62-year-old Darryl Finney.

According to court documents, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers responded to the 900 block of H Street, NE, during the early hours of May 13, 2020, due to the report of a person on fire. Finney was taken to a local hospital with severe burns and died three days later. Detectives later learned he told emergency medical personnel that someone threw a firebomb on him. Detectives had tried to talk to Finney, but he was unable to speak.

During the Nov. 19 hearing, the prosecution told DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee they have yet to indict Scott, 27, but have been in plea negotiations with the defense. Defense attorney Roderick Thompson said they are likely to reach a plea agreement. 

Judge Lee set another hearing for Jan. 12.