Burnis Cole on Supervised Release Before January Trial

A judge ordered Burnis Cole released on high intensity supervision Tuesday after a bond review hearing. Cole is charged with first-degree murder while armed and related weapons offenses for the January 2013 death of Raasheem Jamal Rich. Cole’s trial is expected to begin January 2015.

Rich, 40, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds in the 2800 block of Alabama Avenue Southeast.

Rich was killed outside of a liquor store after an altercation with Cole , documents say.

Video footage shows Cole and three other men entering the store, and Rich following shortly after, court documents state. According to documents, Cole and Rich got into a verbal argument that turned physical. The five men were escorted outside, Cole exited the store ahead of Rich, but was seen holding something that resembled a knife, charging documents say.

The video shows Cole waiting outside the store. Cole is seen moving closer to Rich with his right arm extended before leaving the view of the camera.

After being stabbed, Rich ran into an adjacent parking lot, ripped his shirt off and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the liquor store parking lot, court documents state.

A witness told police that Cole and Rich were arguing in the liquor store when Rich said something to the effect of, “F— that Ima kill your bitch ass,” documents state.

Cole is scheduled for a trial readiness hearing December 15 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Jennifer Anderson.

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