Prosecutor Requests More Time for DNA Testing

A prosecutor requested additional time for DNA testing for a 2021 murder case, during a Sept. 15 hearing.

Malachi McFarland, 22, is charged with first-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection to the murder of 25-year-old Kerry Odom, on April 15, 2021, on the 3300 block of 10th Place, SE.

The prosecution informed the court that DNA evidence requested earlier in the year has not yet been sent by the lab, citing contract renewal issues as the source of this delay.

The prosecution is also still actively processing evidence extracted from the defendant’s phone.

Despite these setbacks, the prosecution ordered additional DNA testing and needs more time for results. 

McFarland’s defense attorney, Jacqueline Cadman, estimates that these test results will take at least 3-months to be processed and submitted.

In response, DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun, suggested an interim hearing occur as the prosecution waits for DNA evidence.

The next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 18.

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