Trial preparations are underway for a defendant charged in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy.
Parties anticipated that the victim’s young age and the case’s publicity could cause jury selection to take more time.
“This case basically made national news and was all over social media including outlets with up to five million followers,” said defense attorney James King.
DC Superior Court Judge Danya Dayson agreed to schedule a hearing for June, when the court anticipates knowing more about the availability of courtrooms for jury selection.
The next trial readiness hearing is set for June 7.
McClam, 30, is also charged with possessing a firearm during a crime of violence, assault with intent to kill and carrying a pistol without a license outside a home or business in this case.
The prosecution estimated it would take them around six days to present their evidence. King estimated that the defense would need around two days.
Andrea Keckley and Adriana Montes wrote this article.