District man pleads guilty to fatally shooting cab driver during robbery

A District man pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to second-degree murder in the 2011 slaying of a taxicab driver during a robbery.

As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, Rashad Slye, 23, faces a prison term of 17 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 4 by Judge Jennifer Anderson.

According to authorities, on Oct. 22, 2011, Slye and a friend called for a taxi at the Metro station in Landover. The victim, taxi driver Domingo Ezirike, 40, responded to the call.

Ezirike took the pair to 4300 block of Ponds Street in Northeast Washington and charged the men about $28, authorities said. But Slye and his friend argued over the fare. Prosecutors say Slye then pulled out a 9 mm handgun and demanded the driver return the money. Slye then shot Ezirike in his arm. The bullet, prosecutors said, traveled from Ezirike’s arm to his chest, killing him.

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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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