The attorney for a District man accused of shooting his 13-year-old daughter to death in October plans to file for an insanity defense, he said Thursday.
Robert M. Carter, 40, was indicted Wednesday on 24 charges including first-degree, premeditated murder while armed in the Oct. 29 shooting of Angel Morse.
On Thursday in D.C. Superior Court, attorney Steven R. Kiersh entered a plea of not guilty on all charges but also requested Carter’s medical records in preparation for a planned insanity defense.
Carter has a history of substance mental illness — including a failed suicide attempt — going back to his childhood, according to Kiersh, as well as substance abuse.
During Thursday’s hearing before Judge Thomas J. Motley, a woman screamed and ran from the courtroom when Carter entered.
A Sept. 30 hearing was scheduled in the case.