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D.C. man pleads guilty to murdering his 13-year-old daughter

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A D.C. man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing his 13-year-old daughter and wounding two other people.

Robert Carter, 41, faces a potential sentence of up to 60 years in prison on the first-degree murder while armed charge, with a mandatory minimum of 30 years. He also faces up to 30 years in prison on each of two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2013.

According to prosecutors, Carter went to a store on Oct. 29, 2010 and purchased a Halloween mask and a pair of work gloves. When he returned, he took his daughter, Angel Morse, to the basement. He shot her once in the head and dropped the Halloween mask next to her.

Later that afternoon, several family members and acquaintances began returning to the home. Carter held them against their will, including two boys, 6 and 10, and a 16-year-old girl, whom he forced to sit on a couch.

At one point, Carter told the 16-year-old that Angel was in the basement and that he had killed her. When his then-girlfriend returned home, Carter went to the front door, opened it, and pointed a gun at her. The 10-year-old boy jumped up from a couch and lunged at Carter, striking his arm as he began to fire the gun, prosecutors said. Carter fired the gun several times, hitting his then-girlfriend once in the abdomen and the 10-year-old once in the leg.

After firing the gun several more times, Carter stole a friend's car and fled, prosecutor said.

He abandoned the vehicle in order to carjack a MetroAccess sedan, taking control of that car with an 84-year-old passenger inside.

That passenger was eventually released unharmed. Carter led local police officers on a chase into Prince George's County, where he crashed the MetroAccess car into a building in Capitol Heights.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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