WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The man charged with the rape and murder of a Virginia girl was given a trial date on Monday.
A trial date of March 12 has been set for 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres but that date could likely be pushed back, according to the judge.
Nabra Mohmod Hassanen was praying for Ramadan at the ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society) center. She decided to walk with a group of friends, some of whom police said were on bikes, to get something to eat before their religious fast.
Police say the group had a dispute with a driver that appears to be the "result of a road rage incident involving the suspect" while the teens were walking back to the mosque and Hassanen was assaulted. Fairfax County Police and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office started searching for the missing teen as early as 4 a.m. on June 18.
Hassanen's body was later found in a pond in Loudoun County, Virginia on June 18. Police later arrested and charged Torres with murder.
Shortly after the incident, police in the area noticed a car driving suspiciously and began a traffic stop on Torres, and he was taken into custody.
Fairfax County Judge Randy Bellows has set a date of January 7, 2019 for Torres if he waves his right to a speedy trial, as expected.
Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh says he intends to pursue the death penalty against the defendant, Torres.
Charges of rape were later added as more was reveled through the police investigation.