A Prince George's County man has been convicted of murder in the May 12 slaying of 69-year-old Thomas Dailey, a retired schoolteacher who was shot in the chest in a robbery attempt while he was on his way to a weekday church service in Northwest Washington.
After deliberating less than three hours, a D.C. Superior Court jury returned a guilty verdict Friday against Curtis Lee Peoples, 23, of 5306 Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Riverdale. Peoples was convicted of first-degree felony murder, assault with intent to rob while armed, used of a stolen vehicle and armed robbery, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Kogan.
The armed robbery charge stemmed from an earlier incident the same day.
Kogan said another defendant, Ricardo E. Hunter, 19, of 2912 Langston PL. SE, pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to similar charges in the Dailey slaying. Both men will be sentenced in February.
Police said that Dailey, who lived at 41112 37th St. NW, was on his way to a bus stop to go to St. Alban's Church when a car drove up to him in 3800 block of Van Ness Street.
Two men, one armed with a sawed-off 22-caliber rifle, got out and forced Dailey into an alley, where he was shot after resisting a robbery attempt, police said. Kogan said Eric Kravetz, a lawyer who lives nearby, witnessed the shooting and wrote down the car's tag number while his wife called police.
Residents who responded to Dailey's calls for help found him clutching a $20 bill in his hand, Kogan said.
With the help of the tag number, police were able to locate the vehicle, which has been stolen. The evening of the slaying they arrested Hunter who, according to Kogan, gave homicide detectives a statement implicating Peoples.
Peoples was subsequently arrested in Prince George's County when he was spotted driving an allegedly stolen car that had been used in an earlier robbery. Kogan said police chased Peoples, who crashed the car and broke into a house before county police could make the arrest.
Kogan said Peoples gave a statement to county police mentioning his involvement in the Dailey case and later gave a four-page confession to D.C. homicide detectives. In court, Peoples repudiated the confession.
Peoples was also convicted of the armed robbery of John Webb, another former teacher, near Piney Branch Road and Decatur Street NW.