Peggy Russell Gee, a top aide in Mayor Marion Barry's reelection campaign who was strangled last weekend, appears to have struggled violently with her attacker, apparently biting him at one point, according to sources and to court papers filed yesterday.
Kenneth Dion Hubbard, 25, was ordered by D.C. Superior Court Hearing Commissioner Evelyn C. Queen yesterday to undergo blood and saliva examinations as well as inspection of his left arm for teeth marks.
Hubbard was held without bond after he was formally charged with felony murder in the death of the 55-year-old woman, who was found early Saturday in the dining room of her burning Northeast home.
Queen also ordered Hubbard to allow a dental impression to be made of his teeth.
Prosecutor Robert Bredhoff did not explain the need for the examinations, but sources said police found what appear to be teeth marks on Gee's body and that they believe her attacker may have been bitten as Gee fought back.
While few details of the government's case against Hubbard were disclosed in court yesterday, a picture of a struggle emerges from court papers filed in the case.
A large amount of blood was discovered in Gee's home at 4209 18th St. NE and police said the blood was not consistent with Gee's injuries, according to court papers.
The papers said Hubbard was treated for head and hand injuries the day of the killing and at the time of his arrest appeared to have fresh wounds, including a large cut on the left side of his head, a cut between his left thumb and forefinger, face scratches and a deep wound in the left shoulder.
The papers said the blood in Gee's apartment was predominantly dropped blood that continued in a trail from Gee's home for about a block and a half, "the most direct route" to Hubbard's home at 4832 Queens Chapel Ter. NE.
According to the papers, Hubbard had come into contact with Gee at least two times previously when he had taken her dog, demanding a reward from Gee on at least one occasion.
Police stated earlier that there appears to be no connection between the mayor's campaign and the slaying and that the motive appeared to be robbery.
One court paper filed yesterday said that on the day Gee was killed, Hubbard was seen wearing what appeared to be women's jewelry and had approached a witness to ask the value of one of the pieces, a thin gold chain.
A sash that appears to go with one of Gee's dresses was found soaking in the sink of Hubbard's home, according to the court papers.
Hubbard, a tall man, stood with his head bowed and his arms handcuffed behind his back yesterday as his attorney, Roger A. Durban, objected to the government's request for dental impressions and accused the government of trying to drag out the case while keeping his client in jail for nine months, the longest period the government can hold a person in jail without obtaining an indictment.
Durban also noted that law enforcement officials had known about Hubbard's past "violent activity" when he kept police at bay for several hours May 29 after threatening to kill a locksmith and barricading himself in his house.