THE DISTRICT

HOMICIDES

D.C. police yesterday released information on three recent homicides:

* About 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 30-year-old Charles A. Tilghman was found with blunt-force trauma to his head and face in the parking lot of a Popeye's Chicken in the 3200 block of Bladensburg Road NE. He died the next day at Prince George's Hospital Center.

* The body of an unidentified man was found in a wooded area near the 2100 block of 18th Street SE on Thursday afternoon. The man later was found to have died from a gunshot wound to the head.

* About 4:20 a.m. Sunday, police found 35-year-old James Deal with several gunshot wounds lying at 16th and E streets NE. Deal, of the 1200 block of I Street NE, was taken to Howard University Hospital and pronounced dead at 5:50 a.m.

VIRGINIA

Guilty plea in homicide: A Hybla Valley man who admitted strangling his girlfriend, then sealing her body in plastic and placing it beneath their trailer, pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder and probably will face a sentence of about 28 years, Fairfax County prosecutors said.

Police said Brenda S. Hill, 47, was reported missing Dec. 27, 2001, by her live-in boyfriend, Guy L. Favorite III, 50, when they lived in the 7900 block of Flamingo Drive. Last May 29, Hill's body was discovered wrapped in a thermal blanket, a canvas dropcloth and a plastic sheet, Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. said. Favorite was arrested three weeks later.

Horan said Favorite acknowledged that he and Hill fought verbally the night of Dec. 23, 2001, then physically the morning of Dec. 24. When Favorite realized that Hill was dead, he tightly wrapped her body, which limited the effects of decomposition. A medical examiner's report found that Hill had died of asphyxiation.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.