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Prosecutors to pursue death penalty against man accused of killing Nabra Hassanen

Fairfax County prosecutors will pursue the death penalty against the man accused in the high-profile killing of a 17-year-old Muslim girl, who was abducted as she walked to her mosque over the summer, authorities said.

Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh (D) made the announcement Monday after a Fairfax County grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres for capital murder, rape and other charges in connection with the slaying of Nabra Hassanen of Reston, Va.

Supporters of Nabra Hassanen rally outside Fairfax County courthouse: “Justice for Nabra!”

“You conform the charges to what the evidence will show,” Morrogh said. “It is my intention to seek the death penalty.”

Morrogh declined to discuss the evidence that led to the indictments since the case is pending, but it was the first time that authorities indicated that they believed Nabra was sexually assaulted in the June 18 attack.

In addition to the rape charge, Torres is accused of abducting Nabra with intent to defile and object sexual penetration.

“I just want people to remember her.” – Mahmoud Hassanen, father of Nabra, speaks ahead of court hearing for suspect

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