Prosecutor Hopes to Indict Murder Defendant by End of March

A prosecutor in a murder case is aiming to indict the defendant by the end of March. 

On January 30, 2021, Brenea Franklin, 33, was stabbed in the neck on the 1100 block of Bellevue Street, SE. She died from her stab wounds. James Lewis, 44, was later charged with second-degree murder while armed in relation to her death. 

During the most recent hearing for this case on Feb. 3, the prosecutor said she had hoped to return an indictment in January but COVID got in the way. 

DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan said she won’t require the prosecutor to provide additional reasoning for the delay in the indictment. She will if it isn’t filled by the time parties are slated to reconvene on April 1.