Witnesses Testifies About Couple’s Relationship in Homicide Trial

Witnesses testified to the relationship between a homicide defendant and the victim during trial on Sept. 21. 

Darnell Sterling, 57, is charged with second-degree murder and contempt for allegedly murdering Olga Ooro, 34, on July 17, 2020, on the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

Sterling’s cousin said he had Sterling and Ooro at his house on several occasions. The witness described the relationship between Sterling and Ooro as “not the best” as he saw them constantly arguing. 

During cross-examination, defense attorney Howard McEachern questioned the credibility of the witness’s memory due to alcohol consumption. 

Another witness said she saw Ooro being ridiculed by Sterling on multiple occasions. Ooro was called belittling names and was noticed to have evident bruises on her body, the witness said. 

During cross-examination, McEachern noted that name-calling is not directly connected to the act of murder. 

DC Superior Court Judge Maribeth Raffinan scheduled the trial to resume on Sept. 22. 

Read more about the case here.