A Maryland man pleaded guilty Monday to the 2020 killing of a construction worker during a robbery at a Washington, DC construction site, federal prosecutors said.
George Miller, 27, of Capitol Heights, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Elías Flores, 48. Miller is due to be sentenced in June.
Flores died on November 23, 2020, five days after he was shot in the head at a construction site at Block 1600 of Olive Street NE.
Authorities said Miller entered the house under construction, drew a gun and took property from the house before shooting at Flores. He then fled the scene on an electric bicycle, they said.
Flores was a father who owned his own business and had lived in the DC area for more than 20 years. He was originally from El Salvador, his family said.
Days after the murder, one of the workers who was with Flores at the time of the robbery described to Telemundo 44 the horrific moments they had experienced.
“I went down and climbed onto the second rung. I lift my head and I see [Miller]he had a gun and he moved it like this… [W]When he heard that I had stepped on the last rung, he signaled me with the gun,” the worker said. “Then he moved again and put the gun inside [Flores’] mouth and pulled the trigger.”
The worker said Flores “didn’t move, he didn’t make a sound, he fell and then [Miller] got on him while he was pointing his gun at me and took out his wallet.”
The Capital Area Fugitive Regional Task Force arrested Miller on December 9, 2020, a few weeks after the murder. He was charged with first-degree murder and has been in custody ever since.
Flores was a good man who dreamed of returning to El Salvador when he retired. his brother José Flores told T44.
“My brother was a very hardworking person, also very humble,” he said. “He was a construction worker who worked every day for the good of his family and was an excellent father, son, brother and nephew. He was a person who didn’t hurt anyone. He devoted himself to his family and so on that tragic day someone took his life.”