A Washington mother, who had learned three days earlier that her 16-year-old son was wanted for murder, walked into police headquarters with him yesterday and told detectives. "Here is my son; you want to question him."
A murder warrant had been obtained for the youth in the slaying July 27 of Earnest Burk, 74, during a robbery attempt at Burk's jewelry store at 614 13th St. NW.
Police had aapproached the mother three days earlier after a picture of her son, who has a record of minor offenses, was identified by three witnesses as that of the assailant.
According to police reports, the youth has purchased a gold ring with a red stone two days before the robbery attempt, but the ring was too big for his finger and he left it with Burk to have it adjusted, it was said.
Two days later, a young man, accompanied by another youth, was allowed to enter the store, through its electronic surveillance system by the owner's wife.
Seconds later, the first youth pulled a gun from his waistband and said "This is a robbery."
According to police, Mrs. Burk said. "What do you mean this is robbery?" You are too young to be robbing us."
She then turned to her husband and said, "Will you look at this kid" He is trying to rob us."
Police said Burk then told the youth to leave the store and walked over to him, taking him by the shoulder. The youth then fired the single shot that killed Burk, police said.
That night, the youth mentioned the incident to several neigborhood friends who sebsequently were interviewed by homicide detectives, investigators said. They eqoted one youth as telling them that the subject said, "The old guy gave me a hassle and I shot him."
After conducting the interviews, detectives showed witnesses to the slaying a group of photographs, including one of the subject, and he was identified, detectives said.
The youth was charged with felony murder and was taken before Superior Court Judge DeWitt Hyde who ordered him held on $25,000 bond in D.C. Jail.
Hyde oho ordered him held on $25,000 bond in D.C. Jail.
Hyde ordered the youth's hearing continued until Sept. 1.