Metro Weekly

Hearing for Barracks Row Suspect Postponed

Status hearing for Marine accused in stabbing homicide, possible hate crime, set for August

Michael Poth, the Marine accused of killing a fellow Marine following an incident where he allegedly called the victim a ”faggot” after having earlier seen the victim embrace another man, had his July 13 felony status conference postponed to Aug. 3 this morning.

At a May 16 preliminary hearing, Judge Ronna L. Beck, filling in for Judge William Jackson, found there was probable cause that Poth, 20, of Southeast Washington, stabbed 23-year-old Philip Bushong, of Camp Lejune, N.C., in the early morning hours of April 21 following a confrontation between the two in the 700 block of 8th Street SE, a stretch known as Barracks Row for housing the Marines Barracks.

Poth, who faces a charge of second-degree murder while armed, remains held without bond as he awaits his next felony status conference.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at