A man serving a prison sentence in North Carolina was arraigned in D.C. Superior Court on a murder charge Tuesday stemming from a 2010 shooting in Southeast, according to authorities.
Rakeem Willis, 21, of Southeast, was charged in an indictment with first-degree murder while armed, possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and carrying a pistol without a license. He was ordered detained until a status hearing scheduled for October.
Police charged Willis, also known as “Rocky,” with the Jan. 12, 2010 shooting death of 23-year-old Christopher Lewis Jones. He was shot in a car about 3:45 p.m. in the 4700 block of Alabama Ave.
At the time of the shooting, D.C. police said they had arrested another man, but details of what happened to that suspect in court could not be immediately learned Tuesday evening.
The court docket shows that Willis was indicted in July but that it took several months to get him to the District to be arraigned. It also could not be determined why Willis was in prison in North Carolina.