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Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 06/24/2010

2 arrested in slaying at Northeast store

By Terri Rupar

D.C. police arrested two men charged with killing an employee during the robbery of a Northeast Washington check-cashing store last week, officials said.

On Wednesday, the Capitol Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Gregory Trotter, 48, of Southeast Washington, and on Thursday they arrested Ernest Pee, 49, of Forestville, said Officer Hugh Carew, a police spokesman. Both men were charged with felony murder while armed, authorities said.

They were charged in the killing of Prabhjot Singh, 30, during a robbery of the store in the 2500 block of Benning Road NE on June 17. Singh was found with a gunshot wound to the head, and another man was also beaten during the robbery, police said.

--Clarence Williams

By Terri Rupar  | June 24, 2010; 10:49 PM ET
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Glad I live in Va...that's called felony murder and a murder committed during a robbery easily falls under capital murder...Our guy in PW cty...Mr. Ebert has no problem charging it....

Why the citizens of DC voted down the death penalty a few years ago is beyond me...horrific crimes happening every year but no death penalty...time to wake up DC......

Posted by: pentagon40 | June 25, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

48 and 49 years old. UNBELIEVABLE.

to pentagon40 - I guess you didn't hear about the young man that was beaten beyond recognition tuesday night in Manassas. Glad you're in VA huh?

Posted by: keedrow | June 25, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Now if they could find the animals who killed the father and son at their wholesale market in NE the other day. People getting killed while they are hard at work at their jobs, being productive members of the unproductive leeches of society.

Posted by: thebossman | June 25, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Bossman, I agree 100%. Thumbs up to you.

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 25, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Imagine jsut going to work and being killed by Thugs who only want $20 to go get high for a hour. This is precisely why the DEATH PENALTY is needed in the USA. Because there are those so callous that they would kill someone for nothing. 20 years later they say I'm sorry and was high or had a bad childhood. Too bad. You forfeit your life as soon as you pull that trigger. VA is the ONLY state that does Justice to these thugs. DC and MD have capitulated. Voters need to look at their elected officials and vote out these weak on crime politicians. Start with O'Malley!!!

Posted by: espnfan | June 25, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

to keedrow>>

I'll match the murder rate [statistics] of VA [Fairfax county] with DC any day-month year.....

DC is a cesspool of parasites... .. yeah - yeah "good hard working people live in DC > I know that..but DC also houses a significant number of the lowest of the low... savages who continualy prey on others...

Posted by: kglkgl06 | June 25, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

While the Death Penalty does satisfy the barbaric need for vengence some have, it has been proven scientifically again and again that it is NOT a deterrant to crime.
Texas kills loads of criminals and it hasn't made a difference.
In fact, some criminals are more likely to murder witnesses BECAUSE of the death penalty in the state where they commit the offense.
The Death penalty also costs MORE.
It's cheaper to just send someone to jail for life, then go through a capital murder case in the courts.
And finally, how can you trust the government to decide the death penalty correctly?
There are too many people who have been put to death for crimes they didn't commit.
We spend millions on research and compiling statistics on what works and what doesn't work regarding the death penalty and crime. let's make use of it and act in our own self interest and not succumb to the howls of some stupid mis-informed blood hungry mob.

Posted by: MarilynManson | June 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I actually agree with the above comment, that the death penalty does not particularly work to deter crime. Lock these animals away in cages for the rest of their lives for all I care.

However my concern is the fact that Mr. Singh as well as Mr. Ming-Kun Chih and Mr. Li-Jen Chih (the father and son who were also murdered this week in a robbery of their wholesale shop), as law abiding, hard-working, productive citizens, are legally barred from having the means to defend themselves from attacks within their own places of business. We have unproductive criminals who get by leeching off of the success of others running around with guns, obviously not afraid to use them; meanwhile, these men obey the law and do not have guns, and they pay the ultimate price for their adherence to the law.

What a backwards world we live in.

Posted by: thebossman | June 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The limousine liberal crowd in DC is so weak on crime.

Our judges feel sorry for the perpetrators, our council excuses their behavior, and our citizens point the finger at anything they can other than the guilty.

Criminals are not responsible for their behavior in DC. It's "the system", "their background", or "society".

Posted by: mikecapitolhill | June 25, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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