The judge allowed the government to move forward with an investigation of letters written by murder suspect Andre Joyner, in his connection with Jamie Washington’s death.
In court on Thursday, the government told the judge it “will not” use the letters “against” Joyner, but did not specify why it chose to investigate letters he wrote.
When asked about the evidence of Joyner using drugs and alcohol, defense told the judge it is “not against the law,” in the District of Columbia to drink or “smoke marijuana.”
The judge said the use of evidence will “only relate” to the case. According to the judge, Joyner used ecstasy pills.
In November of 2014, police responded to a call on the 1800 block of Benning Rd. N.E., where they found Washington fighting for his life as he suffered from stab wounds.
Police arrested Joyner in January of 2015 and charged him with second-degree murder.
Joyner rejected the government’s plea deal offer last week on one count of voluntary manslaughter for a lower sentencing, and is due back in court for a status hearing on April 26.