Plea Deal Remains Open for A Defendant in Co-Defendant Murder Case

During status hearing one murder defendant rejected a plea offer while counsel for the other requested an extension.

Jeremiah Jordan and Jerrell Powell are charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting Antoine Danell McCullough on the 3500 block of 18th Street, SE in 2016. The co-defendants are also charged with possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Brandi Harden, Powell’s defense attorney, requested additional time for a potential plea deal for her client. She said she would use the additional time to review the deal with her client.  The prosecution agreed to the extension. 

DC Superior Court Judge Danya Dayson scheduled a hearing to discuss the deal on Oct. 9, giving Harden a six day extension. 

The prosecution indicated that Powell, 24, would be removed from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, DC’s psychiatric hospital.

The specifics of Powell’s plea deal were not discussed in open court.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s defense attorneys, Stephany Reaves and Ronald Resetarits, rejected a  deal offered to their client. If he had taken that deal Jordan, 29, would have been sentenced to a little more than 4 years in prison aggravated assault while armed. 

According to the voluntary sentencing guidelines for the District of Columbia,  first-degree murder while armed with no other felonies carries a potential sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison if convicted.

Jordan is not required to attend Powell’s hearing on Oct. 9.  

Judge Dayson scheduled a status hearing for both defendants on Jan. 8, 2020.