Prosecution Requests Date Change for 2020 Murder Trial

A prosecutor requested May 17 to postpone a trial date for two defendants charged in connection to a 22 year old’s death.

John McRae is charged with first-degree murder while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. His co-defendant, Shaniah Davis, is charged with accessory after the fact. The defendants are charged with the shooting of Marty William McMillan on the 600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE in 2017.

The prosecutor requested a change in the trial date because he was scheduled for another trial, which is not connected to the case, weeks before the trial is scheduled to begin on April 20, 2020.

DC Superior Court Judge Craig Iscoe scheduled a status hearing on May 31 to allow both parties to decide on a date that would work best.

Until a final date is chosen, Judge Iscoe held Spet. 21, 2020, as a potential trial date. McRae, 41, is being held without bail. Davis, 22, was released on personal recognizance.

The prosecutor also said a wired plea, which is a plea offer that would have applied to both defendants, was rejected by the defense. The prosecutor said another offer will not be presented at this time.

The prosecutor also said the victim’s car was returned to his family.

According to court documents, family members reported McMillan, 22, missing in April. Police located McMillan’s “human remains” wrapped in a floral comforter in Forestville, Md. nearly six months later in October.

Court documents state that McMillan frequented a dating website and had plans to meet up with a woman who was apparently in a relationship with McRae and an unidentified individual. The woman initially told police that she didn’t know McMillan. However, during a subsequent interview, the woman told police that she had sex with McMillan, in the house she shares with McRae, on the night he was last seen.