Each Friday, Homicide Watch brings you a tickler of which murder cases are coming up in the DC courts. Highlights this week are a preliminary hearing in the shooting death of Ralph Thomas outside of McKinley Tech High School in early June and Zachary Sims arraignment on a charge of first-degree murder for the shooting death of Jamal Bell. With four murder cases on Judge Jackson’s calendar on Friday, it looks like a busy week in court.
This information is current as of Thursday June 23 at 1:30 p.m. Please remember that court dates can change, even at the last minute. To view the docket of a case please go to the D.C. Courts website and search by the defendant’s name. To add an item to the calendar, email homicidewatchdc [at] gmail.com.
View the calendar tickler after the jump.
Samson Alemayhu is expected in Judge Lynn Liebovitz’ courtroom (310) on Monday for a status hearing in a first degree murder case. Alemayhu is charged with fatally stabbing Assefaw Hagos in May 2010. Monday was scheduled to be the start of Alemayhu’s jury trial, but a Leibovitz approved his defense’s request to postpone the trial date to August to allow more time to examine DNA evidence in the case. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
Deangelo Garner is expected in Judge Leibovitz’ courtroom (310) later in the week, on Wednesday, for a status hearing in his case. Garner was arrested on Sept. 25 on suspicion of first degree murder in the death of Antonio Valdez Vela. Earlier in the month, Leibovitz granted prosecutors’ request to extend the nine month Grand Jury deadline to indict the case, which would have expired Saturday. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
Ronald Taylor is also expected in Judge Leibovitz’ courtroom (310) Wednesday for a status hearing. Taylor is suspected of negligent homicide in a Metrobus crash in 2008. A jury trial is scheduled to start Dec. 5.
Marlon Williams is expected Wednesday in Judge William Jackson’s courtroom (302) for a status hearing. Williams was arraigned in May on a charge of felony murder while armed in the shooting death of Min Soo Kang. He has pleaded innocent to the charge.
Zachary Sims is also expected in Judge Jackson’s courtroom (302) on Friday. He is expected to be arraigned on a first degree murder charge for the shooting death of Jamal Bell.
Robert Givens is expected in Judge Jackson’s courtroom (302) Friday for a status hearing in a first-degree murder case. Givens is accused of killing Sean Robinson. He pleaded innocent to the charge in April.
And finally, Joseph McCrae is also expected in Judge Jackson’s courtroom (302) Friday for a status hearing in a first-degree murder case. He is accused of fatally shooting Jonathan Estep, but pleaded innocent to the charge in April.