Prosecutor Anticipates Extending Plea Offer to Murder Defendant Within Next Few Weeks

The prosecution in a murder case said they anticipate extending a plea offer to the defense within the next few weeks.

Joseph Melton is charged with first-degree murder while armed for allegedly stabbing 48-year-old Kevin Chamberlain on Jan. 14, 2020, on the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue, NW.

During the Sept. 14 hearing, the 52-year-old defendant was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder while armed, possession of a prohibited weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and assault with intent to kill while armed. 

DC Superior Court Judge Marisa Demeo scheduled parties to reconvene for a status hearing on Nov. 10. In the meantime, Melton will remain held at DC Jail.