D.C. police: Teen confessed to 2011 homicide

One of two teens charged with murder Monday in the shooting of a 15-year-old in 2011 confessed to the crime after his arrest, a detective said Tuesday.

During a hearing in D.C. Superior Court, Detective Jonathan Clingerman said that one of the teens told authorities that he and a friend, who were 15 at the time, were looking to “pull a move” on Jan 2, 2011.

The teens wanted to rob two others who were walking in the 4500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW about 1:30 p.m., Clingerman said. When it was over, according to Clingerman, Bryant Morillo, 16, of Hyattsville was shot in the neck and buttocks. He died from his injuries. Another person who was with Morillo was also shot but survived.

The suspects took an iPod, some money and a gift bag stuffed with dirty clothes, according to Clingerman.

A witness later told police that the suspects admitted to “shooting some amigos,” Clingerman said. The victims were Latino.

That witness came forward after being charged in an unrelated incident, according to Clingerman.

Authorities have not named the two 17-year-old suspects, who have been charged as juveniles with multiple counts of murder and robbery. They were arrested Monday.

The suspects have been committed to the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services ahead of a trial, scheduled for May 24.

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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