Kevin Chase’s trial set for June 2017

A 2017 trial date has been set for Kevin Chase, 28, who has been charged with first-degree murder the 2015 shooting death of Marcus Manor.

Chase was seen in court on Wednesday for a status hearing.

Judge Florence Pan asked both parties if a plea deal had previously been offered or if the defense would like to proceed to a trial.

“At this time we do want to set a trial date,” defense attorney Katerina Semyonova said on behalf of Chase. A plea deal was offered to Chase last December. The defense turned this down, entered a plea of not guilty, and requested a trial.

Chase’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 5, 2017. He will be seen in court on September 22 for a status hearing.

According to charging documents, days prior to the homicide, on October 16, 2015, Manor was assaulted inside of apartment 301 at 2922 Sherman Ave, NW. This was Manor’s girlfriend’s apartment at the time. Manor asked two witnesses to watch his backpack and bicycle as he entered the apartment to see his girlfriend. According to these same two witness, Manor had a conversation with two other males outside the apartment before all three entered together. Manor was taken to the hospital soon after because of wounds from an assault. A family member later told police that Manor had called and said he had been assaulted by his girlfriend, her brother, and her cousin.

Manor’s phone was found at the crime scene on October 20 and texts were recovered. Aggressive texts were sent from Manor to his girlfriend the morning of the assault warning  his girlfriend that she had crossed the wrong person and promising that he would come torture her and her children.

More texts were also found from the morning of the homicide. On the morning of October 20, Manor repeatedly texted his girlfriend to answer his calls while he sat outside her apartment complex. She continued to disregard his calls and said they had nothing to talk about. She also warned she would call the police on him.

Later that morning, Marcus Manor was found fatally shot at approximately 11 a.m. in the driver side of of a black Ford Explorer. The vehicle was parked outside of 2922 Sherman Ave, NW. After investigation, multiple witness accounts confirmed the same story. Manor and another male were having a verbal argument inside the parked vehicle. The man sitting in the passenger side was seen pulling out a gun and proceeded to shoot approximately 4-5 times towards the driver. The man then tucked the gun inside his pocket and fled from the vehicle on foot.

Witnesses were shown photo arrays of possible suspects and Kevin Terrance Chase was affirmed as the shooter. He was later arrested on October 2.


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