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The D.C. Court of Appeals last week agreed to rehear the case of Sckeena Marbury, a D.C. woman who was convicted of first-degree murder even though she did not actually kill the victim. Evidence presented at trial showed Marbury was present at the scene of the crime, but jurors convicted her sister of stabbing the victim to death. But under D.C. law, Marbury was also convicted of premeditated murder because she “aided and abetted” her sister. A three-judge panel upheld Marbury’s conviction last April. Matthew Hoffman, a partner at Goodwin Procter who represents Marbury on her appeal, says, “This is a situation where D.C. law is at odds with other jurisdictions.” The issue, he says, is whether a person can be convicted of premeditated murder even if he or she had no intent to kill and did not know the intent of the person who actually did the killing. Marbury is currently serving 36 years to life. The en banc hearing is scheduled for early next year.
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected].

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