Two Misdemeanor Matters Dismissed for Homicide Defendant

During a March 3 status hearing, the prosecution began by requesting the dismissal of their client’s two misdemeanor matters before discussing her homicide charges. 

Alisa Randall, 35, is charged with the second-degree murder of Ronald Jones, 59, that occurred on July 15, 2019, on the 1300 block of Euclid Street, NW. According to court documents, Jones suffered two superficial stab wounds on his left arm and one fatal stab wound to his upper chest. 

Randall had previously been examined by a psychiatrist who determined that she was not competent and would not obtain competence. 

Because of her incompetence, the prosecution expressed concerns regarding Randall’s ability to be committed in two other ongoing misdemeanor cases related to her failure to appear in court. 

The prosecution requested the misdemeanor matters to be dropped. DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan agreed to dismiss them without prejudice. 

The prosecution and defense attorneys Dana Page and Ashley Prather argued whether or not the court has authority to order another mental evaluation by the Department of Behavioral Health after Randall had already been found incompetent. 

The defense also previously filed a motion for dismissal on Oct. 11. 

Judge Raffinan determined that, although counsel will need to proceed with an oral argument at some point, it makes sense for them to contest these matters in writing as of now.  

A status hearing was scheduled for March 31. 

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