Trial Set for 7 Charged in Death of 10-Year-Old Makiyah Wilson

A tentative trial date has been set for the seven people charged in the death of Makiyah Wilson, the 10-year-old girl who was fatally shot while heading to an ice cream truck in Northeast D.C. last summer.

Wilson was killed after four masked men leaped out of a car and fired gunshots into a crowded apartment courtyard in the 300 block of 53rd Street NE. Police said she wasn't targeted.

A tentative trial date for August 2020 was set Friday when the seven defendants appeared together in court for the first time on charges in the July shooting, WTOP reported

Marquell Cobbs, Darrise Jeffers, Qujuan Thomas, Quentin Michals, Gregory Taylor and Mark Tee Price are charged with murder in Makiyah's death. Cobbs is a minor charged as an adult. Quanisha Ramsuer is charged with obstructing justice.

The suspects were arrested in the months since the shooting. The seventh to be arrested, Jeffers, was taken into custody in early December.

Prosecutors have said Michals was the ringleader, organizing the shooting because of a beef he had with someone in Wilson's neighborhood. 

The night that Wilson was killed, the gunmen fired more than 60 shots, got back into an Infiniti sedan and sped off. Four other people, including Wilson's 18-year-old sister, were shot and wounded.

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