Man Charged in Nabra Hassanen's Death Indicted on Capital Murder Count

Mahmoud Hassanen and his wife Sawsan Gazzar hold a sign in support of the search for justice for their daughter Nabra Hassanen

The seven-count indictment handed up Monday includes four counts of capital murder, spelling out in sometimes graphic detail the ways in which prosecutors believe the slaying qualifies for the death penalty.

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.

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 group was walking back to their mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, after eating at a McDonald's ahead of a daylong fast for Ramadan. Hassanen was then, investigators say, snatched by Torres, who drove away. 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.

"Our investigation at this point in no way indicates the victim was targeted because of her race or religion", police stated at the time, after speculation that Hassanen had been targeted as a Muslim.

After the brief hearing ended, about 200 people demonstrated outside under the U.S. flag, calling for "Justice for Nabra".

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Martinez-Torres' lawyer, public defender Dawn Butorac, declined comment. A search warrant affidavit revealed that Martinez-Torres admitted to killing Nabra and had led authorities to where he dumped her body, AP reported.

"The reason this guy he hit my daughter is because she's Muslim", Nabra's father Mahmoud Hassanen told WAMU.

On Friday, Nabra's family began shouting at Torres in court, according to multiple reports.

Her mother, Sawsan Gazzar, shouted "I'll kill you!" after throwing her shoe at Martinez-Torres, who was quickly hustled out of the courtroom.

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