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Murder charge filed in fatal arson

Update, 8:10 p.m.:

Federal prosecutors charged a Phoenix-based truck driver with first-degree felony murder in connection with a 2007 fire at the Good Guys Club after its manager died from his injuries in May.

Last year, Vasile Graure, 39, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of assault with intent to kill and arson.

Prosecutors said Graure became angry when he was kicked out of the strip club at 2311 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Nov. 3, 2007, after trying to take pictures of the dancers with his cellphone. Graure then went to a gas station, filled a container with gasoline, and returned to the club to douse it with the gas and set it on fire, according to court documents.

The club’s manager, Vladimir Djordjevic, suffered second- and third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body and was in Washington Hospital Center’s intensive-care unit. Djordjevic died May 17.

Prosecutors filed the additional charges against Graure on Wednesday. His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12 before Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr.

— Keith L. Alexander


Earlier:

Federal prosecutors charged a Phoenix-based truck driver with first-degree felony murder in connection with setting fire to the Good Guys Club in 2007 after the manager of the strip club died from his injuries in May.

Last year, Vasile Graure, 39, was sentenced to more than 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of assault with intent to kill and arson.

Prosecutors said Graure became angry when he was kicked out of the club at 2311 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Nov. 3, 2007, after trying to take pictures of the dancers with his cellphone. Graure then went to a nearby gas station, filled a container with gasoline and returned to the club to douse it with the gas and set it on fire, according to court documents.

The club’s manager, Vladimir Djordjevic, received second- and third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body and was hospitalized in Washington Hospital Center’s intensive care unit. On May 17, Graure died as a result of his injuries, according to a medical examiner’s report.

Prosecutors charged Graure with the additional charges Wednesday. His next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12 before Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr.

By Keith L. Alexander  |  September 16, 2010; 8:11 PM ET
Categories:  Homicide , Keith L. Alexander , The District  
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Comments

??? Maybe Djordjevic died of his injuries? If Graure died, how can be be tried?

Posted by: carlaclaws | September 16, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

A strip club is nothing but a cess pool, and any city would do well to ban them.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | September 17, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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