Allen Wayne Culver Held in Connection with Robert Plight Murder

Allen Wayne Culver was ordered held Saturday on a charge of second-degree murder while armed pending a preliminary hearing scheduled July 1 in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old Robert Plight.

Prosecutors allege Culver, 24, shot and killed Plight after being confronted for attempting to rob Plight’s younger brother.

Arrest documents in the case say that Plight’s brother and friends were approached from behind by Culver as they walked from a gas station in the 4400 block of Benning Road Northeast.

“I don’t want to fight,” Culver told the group according to the documents. “What you have in your pockets?”

Plight’s brother told police Culver then began patting him down and said, “Are you willing to die for your money?”

Culver then patted down others in the group and let them all leave, but they returned minutes later accompanied by Robert Plight.

Witnesses say that when Plight approached Culver and questioned him about the attempted robbery, Culver pulled a handgun from his pocket and shot him once in the chest. Culver then fled the scene and ran into a building in the 200 block of 43rd Road NE.

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

Plight died at Prince George’s Hospital Center around 8:45 p.m. June 1, approximately 30 minutes after he was shot in the 400 block of Benning Road NE.

Culver was later identified by Plight’s brother through a photograph lineup, and charging documents say that two other people called detectives and identified Culver after seeing surveillance video aired by local media.

Charging documents are below.

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