Allen Culver Indicted in Murder of Robert Plight

Allen Culver pleaded innocent Friday to eight criminal charges including first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of 31-year-old Robert Plight.

Detectives say that Plight was shot after he approached Culver and asked him why Culver robbed his younger brother.

On June 1, 2013, police found Plight in the 4400 block of Benning Road Northeast suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Arrest documents in the case state that Culver robbed a group of four men including Plight’s brother as they walked from a gas station on the 4400 block of Benning Road Northeast. Before the robbery, Culver asked the group what they had in their pockets and added, “Are you willing to die for your money?”

After the robbery, Culver allowed the group to leave, but the men returned accompanied by Plight. Charging documents say witnesses told police that Culver pulled a handgun from his pocket and shot Plight once in the chest when Plight questioned him about the alleged robbery attempt. Then Culver ran from the scene into a building on the 200 block of 43rd Road NE, according to police.

Charging documents say that Plight’s younger brother and friends followed Culver into the building and a fight ensued leaving Culver with cuts and bruises on his face.

A status hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on June 27 before Judge Russell Canan.

An indictment has been added to the post below.

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