Insanity defense planned for man charged in daughter’s killing

The attorney for a District man accused of shooting his 13-year-old daughter to death in October plans to file for an insanity defense, he said Thursday.

Robert M. Carter, 40, was indicted Wednesday on 24 charges including first-degree, premeditated murder while armed in the Oct. 29 shooting of Angel Morse.

On Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, attorney Steven R. Kiersh entered a plea of not guilty on all charges but also requested Carter’s medical records in preparation for a planned insanity defense.

Carter has a history of substance mental illness — including a failed suicide attempt — going back to his childhood, according to Kiersh, as well as substance abuse.

During Thursday’s hearing before Judge Thomas J. Motley, a woman screamed and ran from the courtroom when Carter entered.

A Sept. 30 hearing was scheduled in the case.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.
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