Karl Pugh pleaded innocent Thursday to a charge of second-degree murder while armed; prosecutors say he shot and killed Quentin Ragland in Southeast DC in September.
According to charging documents, Pugh told authorities that he and Ragland were smoking PCP together when they got into a “tussle.” Ragland retrieved a revolver from his apartment, came back outside, and the “tussle” resumed, Pugh told police.
Pugh said he wrestled the revolver away from Ragland, but that the revolver fired while he was grabbing it.
Ragland was shot in the face at close range, charging documents state.
Pugh also pleaded innocent to three weapons charges included in the indictment. A jury trial is scheduled for Jan. 2013.