Second suspect in Isiah Agyekum murder ordered held without bail

Marquete Murray, the second person arrested in connection with the 2015 murder of Isiah Agyekum, was ordered held without bail in his first court appearance at D.C. Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Murray was arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed. Turell Campbell was arrested earlier this week on the same charges regarding Agyekum’s death.

Murray’s public defender argued that there was not enough probable cause to warrant his client’s arrest. The defense argued his client could not be conclusively identified as having been in the passenger seat or the backseat of the automobile directly tied to Agyekum’s death. The prosecution countered by maintaining that Murray was present in the car, and any uncertainty regarding which seat he was in was not enough to negate the probable cause for his arrest.

Although the presiding judge conceded that any contention around Murray’s identity may be grounds for a suppression hearing, he found that there was probable cause in Murray’s arrest.

Murray’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 13.

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