A.D.C. Superior Court grand jury yesterday charged five young men with murder in connection with the shooting death last February of an off-duty D.C. police officer at a Georgia Avenue go-go club.
In a five-count indictment, each of the five defendants was also charged with two counts of armed robbery and two counts of assault with intent to commit robbery while armed, the U.S. attorney's office said.
The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Jimi's Lounge, 4801 Georgia Ave. NW. According to police accounts at the time, four employes in the club and off-duty police officer Bernis Carr Jr., the lone customer were ordered to lie on the floor. Carr was shot, police said apparently after the holdup men discovered that he was a police officer.
The indictment, which charges the five with felony-murder - murder during commission of another crime - said the men were armed with pistols and a sawed-off fifle and carried out a robbery.
The men took Carter's wallet and money from the lothge cash register, and assaulted two other people then in the longe, the indictment charged.
According to police, four men entered the lounge and, after the robbery, fled in an automobile driven by a fifth man.
Police said that after the robbery, Carr's service revolver, which had been fired twice, was found on the floor. Authorities were unable to say at the time whether Carr had fired the gun.
D.C. and Prince George's County police arrested five suspects three days after the shooting. One of the suspects was arrested at the Prince George's General Hospital where he was being treated for a bullet wound in the hand. Two were arrested at their homes, and two appeared voluntarily at D.C. Police headquarters.
Charged in the indictment were James L. Wright, 21, of 1504 D St. NE; Gregory E. Williams, 25, of 6333 Landover Rd., Cheverly; Ricardo A. Roberts, 18, of 1224 Southern Ave. SE, Dion M. Wilson, 23, of 1322 Massachusetts Ave. SE, and Calvin O. Gorham, 18, of 1365 Kennedy St. NW.