A District man who was under court supervision for a drug arrest and was wearing a GPS-ankle-monitoring bracelet, admitted Friday to fatally shooting another man a year ago while he was still wearing the bracelet.
Malik Hough, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder while armed in D.C. Superior Court to the Dec. 27 fatal shooting of 22-year-old Herbert Dowtin in the 800 block of Xenia Street SE. According to prosecutors, Hough and Dowtin knew each other and had an argument. Later Hough walked up behind Dowtin and shot him eight times at 1:20 p.m.
Dowtin, authorities say, was unarmed. Hough was arrested about a week later.
Prosecutors say after the shooting, Hough ran from the scene and discarded a 9mm handgun under a fence. The gun was later recovered and Hough’s DNA was found on the weapon.
Prosecutors also say around the time of the shooting, Hough cut off his pretrial GPS bracelet to avoid being electronically linked to the scene. Hough was wearing the bracelet as a result of an arrest a month earlier after police allegedly found 6.8 ounces of cocaine in his possession. At the time of that arrest, Hough was also carrying a loaded 9mm handgun, authorities said. As opposed to sending him to jail while his case was pending in court, a judge ordered Hough to wear the GPS bracelet.
Hough is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 3 by Judge Judith Bartnoff. As part of the agreement with prosecutors, Hough could be sentenced to between 17 years and 29 years in prison.