D.C. man sentenced for murder, sexual abuse of a child

Local,DC,Crime,Scott McCabe

A 43-year-old D.C. man was sentenced to 38 years for two disparate crimes: murder and child sexual abuse.

The crimes happened over two months in the summer of 2009.

According to prosecutors, Luel Hayes Jr. shot and killed 37-year-old Rahiem Moore because of petty slights and jealousy over an on-again girlfriend.

On the night of June 10, 2009, Hayes saw Moore walk into a building at 1310 Columbia Road NW, then hid behind a trash bin near Moore's BMW. When Moore returned, Hayes jumped from behind the trash bin and shot his rival four times, first in the chest and then in the back, leaving Moore to die facedown next to his vehicle, court documents said.

Prosecutors said Hayes told several people about killing Moore, including a 15-year-old girl he sexually assaulted at gunpoint in August 2009.

According to charging documents, Hayes sent a neighborhood boy to tell the girl that her mother was on the phone and she needed to go inside to talk to her.

Hayes grabbed her around the waist, removed her clothes and forced her to the floor.

When he was done, the girl started to walk out the door, and Hayes pulled out two guns, a black semi-automatic pistol and a silver revolver.

He then pointed the revolver at the girl's face from about 3 feet away, documents said.

"If you tell, you already know, I killed somebody named Spot," Hayes told her, documents said. Moore's nickname was Spot.

The girl did not disclose the attack to an adult until a young cousin overheard her discussing the attack with another juvenile cousin.

Detectives issued a search warrant and found a letter that Hayes wrote to the victim's mother while he was in prison, in which he admitted that he performed a sexual act on the girl but did not rape her.

A second letter implored the girl's mother to prevent her daughter from testifying against him.

In November, a D.C. jury found Hayes guilty of second-degree murder while armed in Moore's slaying. He pleaded guilty in January to first-degree child sexual abuse.

He was sentenced Friday to 27 years in the murder case and 11 years in the sexual abuse case. After his release, Hayes must register as a sex offender.

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