Man charged in killing of AU student in Metro stabbing pleads guilty in court

Jasper Spires (MPD)

The man charged in the stabbing death of an American University student at a Metro station in 2015 pled guilty in court Thursday afternoon.

Jasper Spires pled guilty to the murder of 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland. Sentencing will be held for Spires on Jan. 12, 2018.

Spires was charged with felony murder in the death of Sutherland at the Noma-Galludet Metro station in D.C. on July 4, 2015.

In Aug. 2015, Spires, then 18 years old, was ordered by a judge to have a full competency evaluation.

Spires previously appeared in court in 2015 and at times was paying attention, and in other moments was apparently grinning, giggling and even laughing.

Prosecutors and police recalled events of the July 4 incident with surveillance video from Metro they say is Spires.

The video showed Spires getting on a Red Line train at the Rhode Island Metro after putting on a pair of gloves.

Spires was seen three minutes later getting off the train at the Noma-Galludet station, allegedly stabbing Sutherland to death and robbing two people.

Moreover, the video showed Spires running and apparently dropping the murder knife in a trash can as he ran away from the Noma-Galludet station.

Spires attorney argued in court in 2015 that a witness picked someone else out of a photo lineup that was not Spires.

However, Judge Robert Morin noted DNA was found on Spires pants as well as his health card, which was found at the Noma-Galludet Metro station.

In 2015, Spires was arrested two days before the murder for another incident on Wisconsin Avenue, in which he allegedly threatened a man with a wine bottle. According to police, Spires kicked them as he was being arrested.

Video surveillance showed Spires at the Second Police District station on at 6 a.m. on July 4, 2015 retrieving a bag containing his belongings. Six hours later, prosecutors said he was on another surveillance camera boarding a train to kill and rob.

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