Domestic Homicide Case to Go to Trial in 2023

A man charged with manslaughter in his father’s death was scheduled to go to trial next year.

On Sept. 11, 2020, 49-year-old Stephen Macgruder was fatally shot in his apartment on the 700 block of 51st Street, NE. His son, 30-year-old Stephon Williams, was arrested that day and charged with second-degree murder while armed but DC Superior Court Judge Neal Kravitz ruled that the case only has enough evidence to go to trial on the charge of voluntary manslaughter while armed during a preliminary hearing in November 2020. Williams’ attorney, Jason Tulley, has argued that the shooting was self-defense.

When parties met on Jan. 31, Judge Milton Lee scheduled the trial to begin in July 2023. The prosecution is expecting an indictment soon, so Judge Lee also scheduled a felony arraignment for March 18.

In the meantime, Williams will remain released into the High Intensity Supervision Program.