Prosecutor’s Absence Leads to Rescheduled Hearing

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A status hearing concerning a first-degree murder case is left unresolved and rescheduled due to the prosecutor’s absence.

Rashon Hall, 26, is charged with first-degree murder while armed and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in connection to the murder of 22-year-old Joseph Simmons on Jan. 3, 2021, on the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue, SE.

In court on March 27, defense attorney Dana Page informed DC Superior Court Judge Michael O’Keefe that she hoped to have a hearing in which DNA is presented, but due to the information she was given a day before she has yet to follow up with Hall about it. 

The prosecutor’s absence was not specified in court. However, defense attorney Imeime Umana relayed the message that the prosecutor would like to reschedule another date for a status hearing in which she will be present. 

The parties are set to reconvene on April 19. 

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