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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

District Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Former Girlfriend and Another Man, Wounding Her and Killing Him

Shots Fired in Broad Daylight in Apartment Parking Lot

            WASHINGTON – Tavon Moore, 27, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to charges stemming from a domestic violence incident in which he shot his former girlfriend and another man, wounding her and killing him, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Moore pled guilty on July 26, 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of voluntary manslaughter while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon. The plea agreement, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a sentence of 15 years in prison, which would be followed by five years of supervised release. The Honorable Lynn Leibovitz scheduled sentencing for Sept. 23, 2016.

            According to the government’s evidence on March 4, 2016, just before 3 p.m., Moore’s ex-girlfriend and a friend, Noel Rezene, 26, drove to Moore’s apartment in the 3300 block of 23rd Street SE. Also in the car was the 2-year-old child of the ex-girlfriend and Moore. Shortly after arriving, Moore’s ex-girlfriend brought their child to the apartment. She then came across Moore outside the apartment building, and the two argued. During the course of the argument, Mr. Rezene displayed a firearm and asked Moore to stop speaking in a disrespectful manner. The ex-girlfriend then went to retrieve the child from the apartment. Moore also proceeded to return to his apartment. Mr. Rezene followed them both into the building.

            The ex-girlfriend then retrieved the child and fled with her to her car, which was parked in a nearby parking lot. Mr. Rezene then began shooting through the door of Moore’s apartment and into the apartment that was then occupied by the defendant and his family.

            Moore retrieved a firearm from within the apartment and began shooting back through the door at Mr. Rezene, striking him at least once. Mr. Rezene fled towards the car, which by then was occupied by Moore’s ex-girlfriend and the child. As Mr. Rezene neared the car, Moore shot him again, causing Mr. Rezene to stumble and drop his firearm. Mr. Rezene got into the car and Moore’s ex-girlfriend backed the vehicle away, trying to flee.  Moore chased after the car, firing multiple shots into it, striking both Mr. Rezene and the ex-girlfriend.  At least one shot went through the front windshield on the driver’s side.  The child was not struck by any gunfire.

            Moore’s ex-girlfriend drove to a nearby hospital, where Mr. Rezene was pronounced dead from the gunshot wounds inflicted by the defendant.  She received treatment for multiple gunshot wounds to her right arm and the right side of her torso.

            During his plea, Moore acknowledged that he was not acting in self-defense when shooting his ex-girlfriend, and even if his actions against Mr. Rezene were taken in self-defense, by following him outside and continuing to shoot, he used excessive force.

            Moore has been convicted of multiple prior domestic violence assaults against his ex-girlfriend, and was on probation for one of those assaults at the time of the shooting.  That probation has since been revoked.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of the detectives of the Criminal Investigations Division Homicide Branch, crime scene officers, and the Seventh Police District of the Metropolitan Police Department.  He also expressed appreciation to those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Marcia Rinker of the Victim/Witness Assistance Unit; Paralegal Specialist Stephanie Siegerist; Criminal Investigator John Marsh, and Intern Anthony Jankowski.  He also commended the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Bruckmann and Akhi Johnson, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
16-140
Updated July 27, 2016