Preliminary Hearing Rescheduled After Murder Defendant Requests New Counsel

A DC Superior Court judge rescheduled a hearing to determine if a fatal stabbing case has enough evidence to go to trial after learning that the defendant is requesting new counsel.

Aaron Jackson, 28, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the death of 27-year-old Damohn Gill. On the evening of June 24, 2021, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers found Gill on the 3600 block of 22nd Street, SE, suffering from multiple stab wounds, according to court documents. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital.

Defense attorney Ronald Resetarits informed Judge Robert Okun that his client wants new counsel during the Jan. 11 proceedings. After speaking with Jackson and Resetarits outside of open court, Judge Okun agreed to appoint the defendant a different lawyer. 

An ascertainment of counsel hearing is now set to take place on Feb. 17.