Plea Deal Under Consideration for Man Charged in Deadly Stabbing

A plea offer is on the table for a defendant charged with second-degree murder while armed for a deadly stabbing in a commercial area of the Carver-Langston neighborhood.

Byron Brooks is accused of stabbing 43-year-old Kareem Watkins to death during the early hours of May 11, 2021. Watkins was found on the 1500 block of Maryland Avenue, NE, with a puncture wound to the left side of his chest. Brooks, 36, was apprehended in Georgia less than a month later.

During the defendant’s most recent hearing on April 4, a plea offer involving the same charge of second-degree murder while armed was brought up again. 

Brooks’s defense attorney, Roderick Thompson, said there was very little discovery evidence shared since the preliminary hearing. Both parties asked for a status hearing in six weeks to gather the information and for the defense to make a final decision on the offer. 

Parties are scheduled to reconvene on May 19.