Joshua Mebane Will Try Insanity Defense

Joshua Mebane will go forward with an insanity defense, his attorney told a judge in a status hearing today.

He is charged with first-degree murder while armed in connection with the shooting death of Quadar Muhammad.

Mebane was sent to St. Elizabeths Hospital for a mental health examination on February 12, but was transferred back to D.C. Jail due to “behavioral issues.”

Mebane rejected an offer from prosecutors to plead guilty to second-degree murder while armed.

On November 7, 2012, police found Muhammad inside a burning Lincoln taxi cab on the 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway Northeast. Muhammad’s cause of death was later determined to be a gunshot to the head.

Mebane is scheduled to appear in court before Judge Jennifer Anderson for a trial readiness hearing on Feb. 6, 2015.

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