Suspect Connected to Al Hamraa Murder Appears in Court

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A man charged with helping an accused murderer appeared for his first hearing Thursday afternoon in Charlottesville General District Court, but it was postponed.

The hearing for 21-year-old Antwan Roberts was pushed back for two reasons. Attorneys want to have hearings for both suspects at the same time, since the evidence is shared between the cases, and Roberts’ defense attorney says the case is so complex that both sides need more time to prepare.

Roberts is charged as a principal to murder, which means police do not think he committed the murder, but instead was present at the scene and helped the man who did.

Thirty-year-old Antonio Washington was stabbed and killed May 10 while attending a party at the Al Hamraa restaurant in the Ix building in Charlottesville. The main suspect, Taneak Turner, was arrested earlier this week. Turner is charged with murder.

Police believe Turner was also involved in a shooting that same night in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Both Roberts and Turner are being held without bond at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. They're both scheduled to be back in court August 7.