A Northwest man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his teenage daughter in 2010 because she “wouldn’t listen” was sentenced Friday to 70 years in prison.
D.C. Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Motley sentenced Robert M. Carter, 41, in connection with the Oct. 29,. 2010, fatal shooting of his daughter, Angel Morse, 13. Carter shot his daughter in the head.
According to prosecutors, Carter led his daughter into the basement of her home in the 500 block of Madison Street NW when other family members were away. When his former girlfriend’s two sons, ages 6 and 10, and the couple’s 16-year-old daughter returned home, Carter held the three children against their will on the couch.
According to court papers, Carter told one of the children that their sister was in the basement and that he killed her because she “wouldn’t listen.” Carter also told another witness that he “didn’t mean to do it,” according to court documents.
When the children’s mother, Carter’s former girlfriend, Moria Morse, returned home, Carter went to the front door and pointed a gun at her, prosecutors said. Morse’s 10- year-old son jumped off the couch and struck Carter. Carter fired the gun several times, striking his former girlfriend once in the abdomen and her son once in the leg.
Carter then fled the house and stole a friend’s car, prosecutors said. He abandoned the car and carjacked a MetroAccess seda with an 84-year-old passenger inside. Carter eventually released the passenger. He fled, leading police on a chase into Prince George’s County, where he crashed the MetroAccess car into a building in Capitol Heights. He has been in custody since his arrest after the crash.
Carter was later indicted on 24 counts including first-degree murder and kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder while armed and two counts of assault with intent to kill while armed.