Michael Marshall Withdraws Guilty Plea

Judge Rhonda Winston allowed Michael Marshall to withdraw his plea to second-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the death of Antonio Headspeath. In April, Marshall pleaded guilty to the charge and prosecutors planned to dismiss charges of first-degree premeditated murder while armed and five related gun charges in exchange for his plea.

Headspeath, 25, died on October 17, 2011 from multiple gunshot wounds. Police found him after 1:32 a.m. in the 1100 block of Stevens Road Southeast with no signs consistent with life.

William Miller, spokesperson for the United States Attorneys’ Office, said Wednesday that Marshall will again face the six charges on his indictment.

Prosecutors believe that Marshall approached Headspeth at about 1:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Stevens Road Southeast and shot at Headspeth at least 13 times.

Police found the gun that killed Headspeth at Marshall’s girlfriend’s grandmother’s house, charging documents say. Marshall was identified by a witness near the shooting and another witness described Marshall’s attempt to remove and dispose of the gun, according to the documents.

A status hearing in the case is set for July 28.

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