A Virginia man accused of killing a Muslim teen after leaving her mosque was indicted Monday for capital murder and is facing the death penalty.
Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling was also slapped with a rape charge in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen whose body was found in a pond hours after she hung out with her friends at an IHOP restaurant during Ramadan on June 18.
The indictment was the first time prosecutors have brought a sex charge against Martinez-Torres. Police were initially investigating whether Nabra was sexually assaulted. Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty under the condition that the murder was committed during rape or abduction.
Nabra’s death shook Virginia’s Muslim community, and some Muslim activists had called on police to investigate it as a hate crime.
Instead, Fairfax police considered it a road rage incident. Martinez-Torres, who is a Salvadoran citizen, was driving when he encountered the group before getting into an argument with one of the teens, police said.
The enraged 22-year-old got out of his car and began chasing the group, eventually catching up to Nabra while armed with a baseball bat, according to cops.
Martinez-Torres admitted to killing the teen and even led police to the location where had dumped her body, a search warrant affidavit says. An autopsy report revealed Nabra had suffered blunt force trauma to the upper body.