June 1, 2017 at 10:53 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Suspect in trans murder rejects plea offer
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Deeniquia ‘Dee Dee’ Dodds was killed on July 4, 2016. (Photo courtesy Facebook)

One of four suspects charged with first-degree murder while armed in the July 4, 2016 shooting death of D.C. transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds has rejected an offer by prosecutors to plead guilty to an undisclosed lesser charge, according to D.C. Superior Court records.

The records show that an attorney representing Jolonta Little, 26, of Southeast D.C., who was arrested for the murder last September, made a counter offer for another possible guilty plea which was also rejected by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Little has been held in jail without bond since the time of his arrest. Court records show a jury trial has been scheduled for him and co-defendant Monte Johnson, 21, also of Southeast D.C., for June 11, 2018. Both men are scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing on July 20 of this year.

A trial date has yet to be scheduled for the other two defendants, Shareem Hall, 22, of District Heights, Md.; and Cyheme Hall, 21, of Southeast D.C.

D.C. police filed an arrest affidavit in court last September disclosing that four men later who were later charged in Dodds’ murder were implicated in a series of armed robberies of transgender women, including Dodds, in two locations in D.C. in the early morning hours of July 4.

Neither police nor prosecutors have said whether the two Halls charged in the case are related or which of the four men shot Dodds in the neck, which led to her death nine days later.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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