Anthony Blackmone and Nathaniel Taylor attended another hearing in anticipation of their trial scheduled for next January for the murder of Nuru Frenche.
Blackmone, 21, and Taylor, 23, are charged with first-degree murder while armed. On April 23, 2016, Blackmone and Taylor allegedly planned to rob Frenche, 23, but the incident escalated and Frenche was fatally shot.
The government extended a plea offer, which was rejected by both defendants. However, Judge Lynn Leibovitz summarized that if the government, “made a [plea] offer [the defendants] liked better, it could [be accepted.]” The government said they plan to file several motions prior to the upcoming trial readiness hearing regarding witness testimonies. Details of the plea offer were not made public.
A trial readiness hearing has been set for Dec. 14.