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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Southeast Washington man arrested in 2007 D.C. homicide

A Southeast Washington man has been charged with murder in a five-year-old District killing.

Police responded to the 2700 block of Robinson Pl. SE at about 11:50 p.m. on June 19, 2007. They found Kirk Hart, 28, of Southeast Washington suffering from gunshot wounds. Investigators said he was shot as he entered his apartment.

Emergency responders took Hart to a hospital, where he died, according to police.

On Thursday, detectives arrested William J. Douglas, 25, charging him with first-degree murder while armed, police said.

Investigators were able to match Douglas’ DNA to pieces of braided hair and other DNA evidence they found inside a black face mask recovered from the scene, according to documents filed with the court.

The documents state that Hart had apparently pulled the mask off of his assailant “during a struggle”.

Police also nterviewed an inmate in jail who said Douglas had said he shot Hart during a robbery, according to court papers. Douglas told the inmate he had to shoot because Hart pulled off his mask, the inmate told police, the records said.

This post has been updated.

By David Marino-Nachison and Mihir Zaveri  |  08:56 AM ET, 08/10/2012

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