A Southeast Washington man accused of the murder of a Howard University student during a robbery last month was ordered held on $25,000 bond by a D.C. Superior Court judge yesterday and the case was referred to a grand jury.
In a hearing before Judge George H. Revercomb, the government charged that Ernest K. Jones, 19, of 1900 Ridge Pl. SE, was one of two men who fatally shot Howard University student Blaine W. Pitts, 20, during an attempted holdup on March 26.
After an affidavit detailing the case against Jones was presented, Revercomb ordered the case referred to a grand jury. A second man arrested in the case, Charles M. Barksdale, of 1835 Sixth St. NW, will appear Friday for a hearing on the same charge of murder while armed.
According to the affidavit presented by assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Harnett, Pitts was shot about 1 a.m. while sitting in his car at Second and Elm streets NW outside Carver Hall after two men approached the car and announced a robbery.
Pitts was shot and killed when he refused to give up his wrist watch, according to the affidavit. A second student in the car also was shot, but has recovered. Police recovered the revolver used in the shooting four days after the incident and Barksdale and Jones were arrested last week.