Serial killer to be executed
By Tom Jackman - WashingtonPost.com
December 16, 2010
Serial killer Alfredo Prieto, convicted of three
murders and suspected of six more, was given two death sentences
Thursday morning by a Fairfax County judge.
Prieto, 45, was convicted of the rape and capital
murder of Rachael A. Raver, 22, and the capital murder of Warren H.
Fulton III, 22, in a vacant lot near Reston in December 1988. He also
was convicted of the rape and capital murder of Yvette Woodruff, 15,
in Ontario, Calif., in 1990, and has been on death row in California
While in prison in California, Prieto's DNA was
linked to the Raver-Fulton homicides, and also the rape and murder of
Veronica "Tina" Jefferson, 24, in Arlington in May 1988.
A Fairfax jury in November imposed the death
sentences on Prieto, and Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows
said he saw no reason to reduce the sentences to life without parole.
"What you did to those two young people was vile
and horrible and beyond the pale," the judge said. Prosecutors said
Prieto shot both Raver and Fulton in the back, and then raped Raver as
she bled to death.
As Prieto stood to be led out of the courtroom,
Raver's mother, Veronica Raver, stood and yelled at him, "Hey Prieto,
does your mother know you rape dying dead girls?" As her family
restrained her, she added disgustedly, "Twenty two years of this
Prieto did not respond.
Veronica Raver said she had rehearsed her brief
comment and that it was not meant to be threatening, merely an honest
expression of her feelings toward him.
Four of the jurors who heard the case returned to
courtroom 4G to hear the sentence. Rob Shapiro of Centreville said he
returned to show "empathy with the family, to show support. To let the
[prosecution] team know how well they did. And for me, a little bit of
closure, having struggled through such an experience."
Prieto is the first person to receive a death
sentence in Fairfax since Mir Aimal Kasi in 1998, for a double murder
outside CIA headquarters in Langley. He was executed in 2002.
Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh
said he sought capital punishment for Prieto, even though he was
already on death row in California, "because he'll never get the death
penalty in California. He effectively has a life sentence. I think it
was time to bring him to justice for his horrible crimes. I think he
got just what he deserved."
In addition to his three murder convictions, Prieto
is suspected but not charged in the killings of Jefferson in 1988 and
Manuel Sermeno in Prince William in 1989, and the double slayings of
Stacey Siegrist and Tony Gianuzzi, and Lula and Herbert Farley, in
Riverside County, Calif., in 1990.
Prieto sentenced to death for Fairfax murders
By Tom Jackman - Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 5, 2010
A Fairfax County jury imposed two death sentences
Friday on serial killer Alfredo R. Prieto for the murders of Rachael
A. Raver and Warren H. Fulton III near Reston in December 1988. The
jury was told that Prieto, 44, had been sentenced to death for a 1990
rape and murder in California and that he was linked by DNA to a
fourth slaying, in Arlington County in May 1988. But jurors were not
told that ballistics tests link Prieto to a fifth homicide, in Prince
William County in 1989.
Neither did they learn that authorities in
California are linking Prieto to four additional slayings there,
involving a pair of abductions and double homicides in spring 1990.
That would link Prieto to nine killings in slightly more than two
Prieto has been incarcerated in California since
his arrest there in 1990, and he has been on death row since 1992 for
the rape and murder of Yvette Woodruff, 15.
In 2005, Fairfax's cold case homicide unit
resubmitted the DNA from the unsolved rape and shooting of Raver and
the killing of her boyfriend, Fulton, in an empty lot near Hunter Mill
Road. At some point after Prieto entered San Quentin State
Penitentiary, his DNA was entered into a national database, and it
matched the semen left at the scene of Raver's killing.
Then-Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F.
Horan Jr. decided that Virginia could extradite Prieto and convict and
execute him more quickly than California, where Prieto's appeals had
already lasted for 13 years. But Horan could not foresee the tortuous
road ahead for the prosecutors, police, defense attorneys and
surviving family members.
In 2007, after a six-week trial, a mistrial was
declared when a juror claimed he had been pressured into convicting
Prieto. In 2008, after an eight-week trial, Prieto was convicted again
and sentenced to death. But the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that the
verdict form given to jurors was incorrect and ordered a resentencing.
And so, Raver's and Fulton's families returned to
Fairfax for a third time. Raver, of Yorktown, N.Y., had recently
graduated from George Washington University and lived in Alexandria at
the time she was killed. Fulton, a senior and baseball captain at
George Washington, lived with his parents in Vienna.
Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh, who had
been Horan's chief deputy for the first two trials (Horan retired in
2007), took over the prosecution, while attorneys Peter D. Greenspun
and Jonathan Shapiro launched their third defense of Prieto.
This time, the jury was empaneled simply to decide
whether Prieto should be executed. Jurors were told of the Woodruff
killing and that an earlier jury had convicted Prieto of capital
murder in the slayings of Raver and Fulton.
The defense team did not, as it did in the first
two trials, posit that Prieto was mentally retarded and thus
ineligible for a death sentence. Instead, it presented extensive
evidence of Prieto's horrific upbringing in war-torn El Salvador.
Prieto regularly saw dead and mutilated bodies in
the street, his father brutalized his mother before going to prison,
and he watched guerrillas murder his grandfather before he legally
entered this country with his mother at age 15. She had left the
family six years earlier. Two experts testified about the lasting
damage done by exposure to war, poverty, abuse and abandonment.
"I'm not trying to tell you those things excuse
what he did," Shapiro told jurors. "But you can consider whether his
moral culpability is reduced. . . . Kids exposed to this stuff become
desensitized. It changes your values. It changes your moral code. It
changes the way your brain develops."
Morrogh took the jury back to Dec. 3, 1988, when
Raver and Fulton had dinner with Fulton's parents, attended a
Christmas party and then went to Mister Day's, a bar in the District.
They left after midnight and weren't seen until their bodies were
discovered two days later. No one knows how or where Prieto met them.
Prieto has never cooperated with investigators or
testified at any of his trials.
Fulton had been shot in the back, the medical
examiner found, and Morrogh theorized that Raver, forced to disrobe,
then ran terrified through the dark bramble until she was shot in the
back, too. Morrogh said Prieto raped Raver as she lay dying.
"Anyone who would commit crimes this dastardly,
amoral and inhuman," Morrogh said, "is someone who poses a threat to
He pulled out Raver's red shoes for the jury and
said that Raver slipped them on in anticipation of a night of fun and
that Prieto forced her to take them off and murdered her.
The jury deliberated for eight hours over two days
before reaching its verdict. Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy I.
Bellows will impose the jury's sentence, or reduce it to life without
parole, Dec. 16.
In Riverside County, Calif., Stacey Siegrist, 19,
and Tony Gianuzzi, 21, were also shot in the back, in May 1990, and
Siegrist was raped. Their bodies were found in Rubidoux, Calif., the
same place where the car used in Woodruff's murder was found. The
killings remained unsolved until Riverside County Sheriff's Department
cold case detectives submitted the DNA earlier this year and it
matched Prieto, Riverside Sgt. Scott Brown said.
In June 1990 in Ontario, Calif., Herbert and Lula
Farley were returning recyclables to a grocery store when Lula Farley,
71, was shot to death and Herbert Farley, 65, was abducted. His body
was later found in Rubidoux. Brown said ballistics showed that the gun
used to kill the Farleys was used to kill Siegrist and Gianuzzi.
Prieto has not been charged in the four newly linked cases.
Authorities name suspect in four 1990 cold case
By Will Bigham - Insidesocal.com
November 16, 2010
Riverside County sheriff’s detectives today named a
prolific killer from Pomona as a suspect in the unsolved slayings in
1990 of four people from Ontario and Montclair.
Investigators from the department’s Cold Case Unit
identified 44-year-old Alfredo Prieto as the killer through DNA
testing that was completed last month, according to a news release.
Prieto’s DNA was found at the Rubidoux crime scene
where the bodies of a young couple — Stacey Siegrist, 19, and Anthony
Gianuzzi, 21 — were discovered by a jogger on May 5, 1990.
Siegrist, of Montclair, and Gianuzzi, of Ontario,
were each shot twice. Siegrist was also sexually assaulted, according
to the news release.
Through ballistics testing, investigators
discovered that the weapon used to kill Siegrist and Gianuzzi was also
used in the double slaying in June 1990 of Ontario residents Lula
Farley, 71, and her husband Herbert Farley, 65.
A gunman — believed to be Prieto — shot and killed
Lula Mae Farley in an alley behind an Ontario supermarket where she
and her husband were collecting recyclables, according to 1990 news
coverage. Herbert Farley was abducted and later found shot to death in
Prieto, identified by authorities as a Pomona
Northside gang member, has been linked to nine killings in California
and Virginia between May 1988 and September 1990, according to the
He was sentenced to death in 1992 for the Sept. 2,
1990 rape and murder in Ontario of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff. That
case is “going through the appellate process,” the news release said.
Three years ago he was convicted of murdering two
people in 1988 in Virginia, a crime that investigators linked to him
through DNA evidence.
Last week a jury in Fairfax County, Virginia
recommended Pietro be put to death for the murders of Rachael Raver
and Warren Fulton III, both 22. A judge may impose the sentence Dec.
16, according to the Washington Post.
Sgt. Scott Brown said that even if Prieto is
charged in Riverside County, it’s unlikely he will return to
California to be prosecuted.
Authorities in Virginia have said they will likely
execute Prieto within five to seven years if the death penalty is
imposed, and will not release him to California if his appeals here
are still pending, Brown said.
Authorities in Virginia believe Prieto killed two
other people there in the late 1980s. He has not been charged in
connection with those killings.
Abduction and killing
Siegrist and Gianuzzi were last seen together the
evening of May 3, 1990. Two days later, a jogger discovered their
bodies along a dirt service road in Rubidoux near the intersection of
Canal and Alta streets.
According to the news release, Siegrist was
sexually assaulted and shot in the side of her head and the back of
Gianuzzi’s wrists and feet were bound, and he had
been shot in the back of the head and the back of the neck, according
to the news release.
Detectives submitted evidence to a Texas laboratory
this year that had been recovered from Siegrist’s body. Testing showed
that the evidence contained Prieto’s DNA, according to the news
Detectives said they will seek murder charges
against Prieto for Siegrist and Gianuzzi’s killings. It’s unknown when
the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office will reach a decision
in the case, according to the news release.
Siegrist’s family members released a statement this
afternoon reacting to the identification of a suspect in Siegrist’s
“We are relieved to know one of the persons
involved has been caught,” the statement said. “However, closure is
something families of murder victims will never have.
“Stacey was so full of life and so loved by her
family. She had a lot of life left to live, that’s the real tragedy: a
young person taken away before they’ve even had a chance to live.
“To have a loved one taken in such a brutal way has
been too much to bear. No family should ever have to deal with that.
The pain we’ve suffered is tremendous and never ending.
“You try to live with it, but it’s always there.
All we have left of Stacey are our memories. Her smile, her laugh, we
will never forget her and we will always miss her.
“Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to
the Riverside (County) sheriff’s Cold Case Unit for their diligence
with this case and hearts go out to the families of the other murder
victims. To any other families that are going through this, don’t ever
give up hope.”
Investigators believe one or two other people were
involved in Siegrist and Gianuzzi’s killings, and urge anyone with
information about the case to contact sheriff’s Investigator John
Powers at 951-955-2777.
Ambushed in Ontario
On June 2, 1990, Lula Mae and Herbert Farley were
ambushed by at two men as they foraged for cans behind a now-closed
Alpha Beta supermarket on Mountain Avenue in Ontario.
Three witnesses told police that one man shot and
killed Lula Mae Farley as the other man punched Herbert Farley inside
the couple’s car.
The car then sped away with Herbert Farley and the
two attackers inside, according to archived news coverage of the case.
Two hours later the car was found abandoned in Mira
Loma. Herbert Farley’s body was not found until four days later. He
had been shot to death and dumped in Rubidoux.
Six weeks after the killings, Steven Richard Valdez
of Ontario, then 19, was charged with murdering the couple. The
prosecution was dropped after a key witness was inconsistent in
identifying Valdez as the shooter.
Brown said that Riverside County sheriff’s
detectives will soon visit Prieto in Virginia to try to interview him
about his suspected killings in California, as well as other potential
Brown said Prieto’s motive in many of the cases in
unclear, and can only be understood by investigators if stated by
“Prieto is the only one that car reveal this to
us,” Brown said.
Alfredo Prieto: A bloody trail
Source: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and
May 10, 1988: DNA evidence has linked Prieto to the
rape and shooting death of Tina Jefferson, 24, in Arlington, Virginia.
Prieto has not been charged.
Dec. 3, 1988: Rachael Raver and Warren Fulton III,
both 22, were shot to death in Reston, Virginia. Raver was also
sexually assaulted. Prieto has been convicted of murdering Raver and
Fulton, and a jury this month recommended he be put to death. A judge
may impose the sentence Dec. 16.
Sept. 2, 1989: Manuel F. Sermeno, 27, was shot to
death and discovered inside a burning car in Prince William, Virginia.
Ballistics testing has linked Prieto to the case, but he has not been
charged. Authorities in Virginia have said he’s unlikely to be
prosecuted if sentenced to death for Raver and Fulton’s killings.
May 5, 1990: Stacey Siegrist, 19, and Anthony
Gianuzzi, 21, were found shot to death in Rubidoux. Siegrist was also
sexually assaulted. The couple had last been seen two days earlier and
their car was discovered in Montclair. Riverside County sheriff’s
investigators announced Tuesday that Prieto’s DNA was recently found
on evidence from the crime scene.
June 2, 1990: Lula Farley, 71, and her husband
Herbert Farley, 65, were ambushed by two men as they collected
recyclables behind a supermarket in Ontario. Lula Farley was shot to
death, and Herbert Farley was abducted and later found shot to death
in Rubidoux. Prieto has been linked to the case through ballistics
Sept. 2, 1990: Prieto and two other people
kidnapped three people in Ontario during a burglary. Prieto sexually
assault and fatally shot Yvette Woodruff, 15. The other two men
sexually assaulted the other two women, then tried to kill them by
repeatedly stabbing them. The women survived the attack. All three men
were convicted and Prieto was sentenced to death.
Prieto speaks in Fairfax murder trial
By Tom Jackman - WashingtonPost.com
October 5, 2010
Convicted serial killer Alfredo Prieto, who has not
testified or spoken at any length through countless hearings and two
full murder trials in Fairfax County, spoke in open court in Fairfax
for the first time Tuesday, and provided his side of a dispute over
whether he has cooperated with a mental health expert for the
It was a jaw-dropping moment at the end of an abbreviated day of
testimony in Prieto's resentencing for a double murder and rape
outside Reston in 1988.
Prieto has watched attentively but sat mute through two previous
trials in Fairfax, occasionally answering a judge's questions with a
"yes sir." Prieto also did not testify during his capital murder trial
in California in 1991, which resulted in a death sentence.
Prieto's lawyers asked Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Randy I. Bellows to
appoint a mental health expert to examine him to determine his mental
state at the time of the December 1988 slayings of Rachael A. Raver
and Warren H. Fulton III.
Bellows did so. Prosecutors then hired renowned forensic psychologist
Stanton E. Samenow to perform a separate evaluation, and Bellows
advised Prieto that he had to cooperate with Samenow, not just the
defense expert, or he faced the prospect that the defense expert would
not be allowed to testify.
But Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh said Prieto has
refused to discuss anything related to the slayings of Raver and
Fulton, and that he was advised to do so by his lawyers, Peter D.
Greenspun and Jonathan Shapiro. So, with the jury out of the
courtroom, Bellows turned to Prieto and asked him if that were the
"I spoke to Dr. Samenow for six or seven hours," Prieto said, speaking
clearly and with a slight Spanish accent. "I answer all his questions.
I even ask Dr. Samenow to tape record it."
Bellows asked Prieto if he had refused to discuss the specific events
of the case. "I spoke to him about a variety of issues," Prieto said.
"I don't know if he wrote it down. Because most of the time he would
just argue with me about my responses."
Bellows repeated his question, and Prieto responded, "Some of the
questions I could not answer, under the Fifth Amendement, I have a
right to remain silent."
Prieto continued, "He asked me some questions about my state of mind.
What I said was, I was using a lot of drugs, I was drinking, I gave
him a lot of answers. Some of the questions he was taking down, some
of the questions, I guess he wanted a different response, he wasn't
Did Samenow ask Prieto if he had murdered Raver, Bellows asked?
"No sir," Prieto said.
He repeatedly said Samenow had not asked him any specifics about the
case. "Some of his other questions, I just said I couldn't answer or I
Bellows then said he wasn't sure what Prieto was refusing to answer,
and said he would hold a hearing to ask Samenow his version of events.
Prieto may then have to testify in response, which would appear to be
his first visit to the witness stand since his arrest in 1990 in
A DNA hit in 2005 linked him to the earlier killings in Fairfax. A
more recent DNA hit has reportedly linked Prieto to two more murders
in Riverside County, Calif., and he is also suspected of homicides in
Arlington and Prince William counties.
Convicted killer Alfredo Prieto returning to
Fairfax County court for resentencing
By Tom Jackman - WashingtonPost,com
Monday, September 6, 2010
Alfredo R. Prieto, convicted of three murders and
two rapes, will return to a Fairfax County courtroom for a sentencing
trial Tuesday morning, when Fairfax prosecutors will try for a third
time to obtain the death penalty.
Prieto, 44, was already on death row in California
for the 1990 rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl when DNA evidence
matched him to the rape and murder of Rachael A. Raver, and the murder
of her boyfriend, Warren H. Fulton III, both 22, in a vacant lot
outside Reston in December 1988.
Fairfax prosecutors extradited Prieto in 2006,
under the theory that Virginia could convict and execute him while his
appeals in California dragged on. He has also been charged in the May
1988 rape and killing of Veronica "Tina" Jefferson in Arlington
County, although Arlington prosecutors have not moved forward with
He has not been charged with a fifth homicide in
Prince William County in 1989, although prosecutors there have said he
is the prime suspect.
The jury in Prieto's first Fairfax trial, over six
weeks in 2007, found him guilty of capital murder. But during the
sentencing phase, a juror rebelled and sent out notes saying he'd been
pressured by other jurors. Judge Dennis J. Smith declared a mistrial.
The jury in Prieto's second trial, an eight-week
case in 2008, found him guilty of capital murder and imposed two death
sentences. But last year, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Judge
Randy I. Bellows had given that jury an improper verdict form that
didn't include all the options. A resentencing -- not a full retrial
-- was ordered.
And that sentencing, again before Bellows, is set
to begin with jury selection Tuesday. Unlike in the first two trials,
longtime Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. will not
be at the prosecution table. His successor, Commonwealth's Attorney
Raymond F. Morrogh, will be joined by Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
It is not clear how many members of the Raver and
Fulton families will attend and listen to the brutal evidence -- Horan
theorized that Fulton was shot in the back of the head while on his
knees and that Raver was shot as she ran away and raped as she lay
Defending Prieto for the third time will be veteran
lawyers Jonathan Shapiro and Peter D. Greenspun, appointed by the
court. Court records show the defense was paid nearly $360,000 for
attorney and witness fees and costs in the first trial, and about
$265,000 for the second trial.
Complicated legal issues loom for both sides. For
the prosecution, Morrogh and Lingan must show a new jury the crimes
for which Prieto was convicted in 2008, which is typically done in the
"guilt-or-innocence" phase of a trial, and then argue for a death
On the other side, Greenspun and Shapiro must
decide whether to raise the mitigating defense that Prieto was
mentally retarded at the time of the killings and, therefore, not
eligible for the death penalty.
That theory, based on the trauma he experienced
growing up in war-torn El Salvador in the 1980s, apparently was
persuasive to the juror who rebelled in the first trial. But it did
not work in the second trial.
Greenspun and Shapiro have not said whether they
will raise the issue a third time.
Three hundred Fairfax residents have been summoned
and will be questioned on their ability to rule fairly in a
death-penalty case. The defense has estimated that this phase might
take two weeks, with opening statements Sept. 21. In the two previous
trials, jury selection took four days and eight days.
The sentencing trial is then expected to last
through October. Bellows rejected a defense request that he recuse
himself because of his strong comments in imposing the jury's death
sentence after the second trial.
Two Death Sentences In '88 Fairfax Killings
By Tom Jackman - WashingtonPost.com
Saturday, May 24, 2008
A Fairfax County judge yesterday handed Alfredo R.
Prieto two death sentences in the slayings of a young couple 20 years
ago, saying he could not fathom "the desperation, horror and sheer
terror" Prieto inflicted on them in a field near Reston.
"On the night you executed them," Fairfax Circuit
Court Judge Randy I. Bellows told Prieto, "you turned the final
moments of their life into what could be described as a living hell."
Prieto, 42, was convicted in February of the rape
and murder of Rachael A. Raver and the murder of Warren H. Fulton III,
both 22, in December 1988. Prieto's attorneys then tried to convince
the jury that the defendant, with an IQ of about 70, was mentally
retarded and not eligible for the death penalty. After three weeks of
testimony, the jury rejected the retardation defense and said Prieto
should die for both killings.
Prieto is on death row in California for the 1990
rape and killing of 15-year-old Yvette Woodruff in Ontario, Calif. As
a result of his incarceration there, his DNA was entered into a
nationwide DNA data bank. In 2005, that data bank provided a hit out
of the blue on the DNA left at the scene of Raver's and Fulton's
slayings near Hunter Mill Road on Dec. 4, 1988. Prieto is suspected in
two other slayings in Arlington and Prince William counties.
Former Fairfax commonwealth's attorney Robert F.
Horan Jr., who retired in the fall but stayed with the Fairfax case,
sought Prieto's extradition to Virginia, despite the California death
sentence, because Prieto's appeals were moving slowly and in 2005 were
expected to take 10 more years. Horan obtained two murder indictments
against Prieto in November 2005, and California agreed to send him to
Virginia in April 2006.
Nine of the jurors in the Fairfax case, as well as
many of Raver's relatives, sat in Bellows's courtroom yesterday to
find out whether he would uphold their verdict. And when Bellows, a
father of five, looked at and spoke of the families of Raver and
Fulton, he teared up and his voice cracked.
"You ruined their lives," Bellows told Prieto.
"They will never, never recover. I could not put it better than Mrs.
[Jackie] Fulton did when she said that the bullet you put in her son
went through him and lodged in her heart."
Prieto, given the opportunity to make a statement,
said: "I have nothing to say, by lawyer's advice." He plans to appeal.
Prieto did not react when Bellows sentenced him to
death, twice, and imposed consecutive sentences of life, 20 years and
six years for the rape, theft of Raver's car and use of a gun. It was
the first death sentence issued in Fairfax since the 1998 sentencing
of Mir Aimal Kasi for the fatal shootings of two CIA employees outside
the agency's headquarters in Langley in 1993.
As Prieto rose to be escorted from the courtroom,
Raver's brother Matthew leaned over and said, "Hey, Prieto, go to your
room." Prieto shook his head but said nothing. Matthew Raver later
said that Prieto "likes to have control, so I wanted to let him know
he wouldn't have control anymore."
Veronica Raver, Rachael Raver's mother, traveled
from Yorktown, N.Y., one last time to watch a case that went through
one five-week trial that ended in a mistrial in the summer and then an
eight-week retrial this year, virtually all of which she sat through.
"We're pleased and thank God it's over," she said after the
sentencing. "It's everything I prayed for. I'm still trembling." Then
she turned and mildly scolded her son for speaking to Prieto.
Police say they think Prieto intercepted Raver and
Fulton somewhere between a sports bar in the District and Fairfax, and
forced them to drive at gunpoint to an unlit lot that is now occupied
by houses. Horan theorized that Prieto ordered Fulton to his knees and
shot him once in the back. Horan said Raver then ran, was shot once in
the back and raped as she lay dying.
In addition, prosecutors in Arlington obtained a
murder indictment against him, saying he was linked by DNA to a May
1988 rape-murder. The details of the slaying of Veronica "Tina"
Jefferson, 24, were used in the sentencing phase of the Fairfax case
to help persuade the jury to impose the death sentence.
Arlington prosecutors said yesterday that they
still are planning to try Prieto in September.
Prince William prosecutors said Prieto is a suspect
in the September 1989 slaying of Manuel F. Sermeno, whose body was
found in a burning car near Interstate 95. But with three death
sentences imposed, prosecutors there are unlikely to try Prieto.
A juror from Prieto's first Fairfax trial, along
with the nine jurors from the second trial, watched the sentencing.
The foreman of the second jury, Raymond G. Melusky Jr. of Fairfax,
said his colleagues wanted "to try to show some support for the
family. And really, to see it through to its conclusion. It's very
rational, very fair, very unanimous."
Prosecuting Prieto in Fairfax cost taxpayers about
$700,000, court records show. The first trial, including legal fees
and expenses for the defense, witness fees and expenses for both
sides, and transcripts, cost $392,777. The second trial's costs total
$298,415, but the figure is not final.
State law required Bellows to set an execution
date, which he did for Oct. 3. But he immediately suspended that date
pending post-trial motions, which will be followed by appeals to the
Virginia Supreme Court and then to the federal courts.
Horan said the process could be over in five years.
Kasi was executed less than five years after his sentencing.