Prosecution Plans to Retest DNA Evidence

The prosecution in a murder case plans to retest DNA evidence.

Khamari Perkins, 20, is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly shooting 18-year-old Naseem Simpson on the 3000 block of 14th Street, NW, on March 15, 2020. 

During an Oct. 13 status hearing, DC Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz scheduled a hearing to take place on Jan. 14 following the results of the prosecution retesting DNA evidence. The prosecution plans to do the retesting at Signature Science, a lab in Virginia. 

The prosecution expects to have the DNA results by December 2021. Defense attorney Kevann Gardner did not object to the testing. 

Perkins’ trial is scheduled to begin in September. He is currently being held at DC Jail.