DC9 to Remain Closed for 30 Days

Monday, Nov 1, 2010  |  Updated 7:29 PM EDT
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U Street Corridor night club DC9 will remain closed for another 30 days.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration decided  to hold another hearing on the bar's suspended liquor license in a month, and DC9 will remain closed at least until then.

Police closed DC9 after four employees and a co-owner were accused in the beating death of a man near the Ninth Street NW bar on Oct. 15. ABRA suspended DC9's liquor license on Oct. 19.

Ali Ahmed Mohammed, 27, of Silver Spring, Md., was kicked and beaten about a block from the bar at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 15, police said. He was denied entry into the DC9 nightclub after closing and allegedly threw a rock or a brick through the club's window.  Witnesses and police said the man was then chased down by the five suspects, who were inside the club at the time.

Mohammed was tackled and beaten, police said. He was barely conscious when police arrived, and he died at Howard University Hospital less than an hour later.

The co-owner, 46-year-old William Spieler, and the four employees -- Daryll Carter Jr., 20; Reginald Philips, 22; Evan Preller, 28; and Arthur Zaloca, 25 --  each is charged with one count of aggravated assault. Each was initially charged with second-degree murder, but those charges were reduced when the medical examiner couldn't link the cause of death to the alleged beating.


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