FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man accused of raping and killing a Muslim teenager is scheduled to enter a plea deal.
A change-of-plea hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Fairfax for Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling. He is charged with capital murder in the 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was killed as she walked back to a mosque with friends after a pre-dawn, fast-food meal ahead of Ramadan services.
Details of the plea were not available ahead of Wednesday’s plea hearing. Martinez-Torres has been facing a possible death penalty under the charges filed against him last year.
Hassanen’s death received widespread attention amid concerns that her slaying was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, though police have said repeatedly they have no evidence of a hate crime.