Second-Degree Murder Defendant Rejects Plea Deal

On June 9, a second-degree murder defendant rejected a plea offer from the prosecution.

Karlos Kinney, 22, is charged with second-degree murder while armed in the shooting of 25-year-old Resha Blount on April 30, 2020, on the 900 block of New Jersey Avenue, NW.

The prosecution’s offer would have allowed Kinney to plead guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed. The prosecution also would have recommended a sentence of seven-and-a-half to 15 years.

The case has yet to be indicted. DC Superior Court Judge Milton Lee asked the prosecution to give an update on their progress towards returning an indictment when they reconvene on Oct. 7.

In the meantime, Kinney will remain held at DC Jail. Defense attorney Antoini Jones told Judge Lee that his client has developed hearing loss during his time in custody and has not received medical treatment for it. Judge Lee told Jones to contact DC Jail and, if that does not speed up the process, come back to his chambers and Judge Lee would reach out to the jail himself.

Mara Osterburg wrote this article.