Prosecution Files Motion for DNA Testing

A prosecutor filed April 19 a motion that would require a murder defendant to submit to DNA testing.

Cedric Alexander, also known as Tony White, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for his alleged role in the shooting death of 38-year-old Daquan Hooks on the 1900 block of 13th Street, SE in 2017.

DC Superior Court Judge Ronna Beck said the defense must file a motion by April 25 if they plan to object to the testing.

Defense attorney Jacqueline Cadman said if Judge Beck allows for the testing to be performed, then she would request that a member of the defense team be present during the testing.

Prosecutors also said they were “making progress” towards an indictment, which they said would be secured before May 28, the indictment deadline. 

D.C. Witness previously reported that prosecutors said a “new development” caused a delay in securing an indictment by a grand jury. The prosecution did not disclose what the “development” was.

Alexander is scheduled for a status hearing on May 23.