A DC Superior Court judge appointed a new lawyer to represent a sex abuse defendant.
The defendant is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse, kidnapping, first-degree burglary and robbery.
The defendant is currently awaiting sentencing in another case, in which a jury convicted him of kidnapping and first-degree sexual abuse. Sapirstein and Murdter represented him during that trial. In a defense motion requesting the two’s withdraw from the defendant’s newer case, Sapristein stated that the defendant has renewed a request he made in March 2020 during his previous trial to receive new counsel.
After granting the request, Judge McKenna canceled a trial readiness hearing set for Jan. 18, 2022, and scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 26 instead. In the meantime, the defendant will remain held at DC Jail.