Jasper Spires given more time to consider plea deal

The man charged with killing Kevin Sutherland onboard a red-line metro train was given an extension to contemplate a plea deal in exchange for a guilty plea.

Jasper Spires, 18, was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed Sutherland, 24, on July 4. According to details of an autopsy made public in Spires’ charging documents, Sutherland suffered from several stab wounds to his chest and heart, as well as other trauma.

In court, Spires entered with a big smile on his face and chuckled. After a full mental observation and medical attention, Spires was found competent to stand trial in October.

Details of the plea deal were not made publicly available. Spires’ attorney declined to comment.


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