Judge denies release of 2016 murder suspect

At a felony status conference Feb. 1, Judge Craig Iscoe denied a motion for a man accused of fatally shooting 28-year-old Jamar Morris to be released from jail.

Stephon Marquis Williams, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed on Oct. 27, 2017, for the fatal shooting that occurred on M Street, NW on Feb. 9, 2016.

Williams’ attorney, Daniel Quillin, argued that Williams should be removed from prison and called for reduced confinement constrictions. In his motion, Quillin cited that over the passage of time Williams has become less of a danger to society.

Iscoe said the passage of time is not an adequate enough reason for Williams to be released. Williams will continue to be held without bail.

After the decision was reached, family members of Williams and Morris engaged in a verbal altercation in the courtroom and were escorted out by the court marshal.

A status hearing to see where both parties are in the case is set for March 15.

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