A Northeast Washington woman who ran over her husband with a sport-utility vehicle pleaded guilty yesterday to voluntary manslaughter while armed.
The incident occurred Sept. 21 after an argument between Marquetta Jordan, 27, and her husband, Clayton Carter, 31, outside his home in the 2700 block of Jasper Road SE.
According to court testimony, she slapped him in the face, and he put his hands around her neck. After that struggle, Jordan broke free, pulled a saw out of her husband's Ford Expedition and severely cut Carter's arm.
While Carter stood outside shouting, "You cut me!" Jordan went back to the vehicle, put it in reverse and tried to run Carter down, witnesses told investigators. The couple's three children, ranging in age from 5 to 11, were in the vehicle at the time.
She hit Carter while he was standing in front of the Expedition, slamming him into the raised concrete sidewalk. Police arrived to find Carter under the car's wheels and Jordan kneeling beside him, court papers said.
Carter was pronounced dead soon after he was taken to a hospital. The medical examiner's office ruled that he was killed by the force of the car.
Jordan pleaded guilty before D.C. Superior Court Judge John H. Bayly Jr.
She faces a likely sentence of 71/2 years to 15 years under Superior Court guidelines, said Channing Phillips, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office.