Virginia police in the United States said a rape suspect released from jail amid the coronavirus pandemic killed the woman who had pointed him out.
Bouaichi was found by authorities on Wednesday. But he shot himself and his condition is serious, The Washington Post reported.
Bouaichi was indicted last year on charges that included rape, strangulation and kidnapping. He was jailed without bail in Alexandria. The woman testified against him in Alexandria District Court in December.
When the pandemic hit, Bouaichi's lawyers argued that he should be released pending his trial because the virus endangered both the prisoners and their lawyers. He was released on $ 25,000 bail despite objections from a prosecutor.
Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his attorneys or pre-trial services officials.
On July 29, Alexandria police said, Bouiachi went back to Alexandria and shot dead Dominguez outside her apartment. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on a murder charge and had been searching for him ever since, finally spotting him Wednesday morning.
A pursuit resulted in a crash, but when police went to arrest him, they found Bouiachi had shot himself, Alexandria police said. He was said to be in grave condition on Thursday.
Authorities said federal marshals and Alexandria police detected and pursued Bouaichi in Prince George's County on Wednesday. He crashed his vehicle and apparently shot himself.
Judge Dawkins retired in June. He did not respond to the Post's request for comment. Judges are often prohibited from commenting on pending cases.
Bouaichi's lawyers, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, said in a statement that they were "certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered." They added that “they were looking forward to the trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic postponed the trial date for several months and we did not have the opportunity to present our case. "
Police said the woman was originally from Venezuela and had no family in the United States. The Washington Post reported that there was very little information available about her.
Bouaichi’s attorneys, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, had argued Bouiachi and Dominguez “were boyfriend/girlfriend” in a bond motion that was denied in March. They said in a statement this week that they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here” and that they had been “looking forward to trial.”
Bertsch also said the jail allows longer video conferences and that “there were no cases of COVID-19 at the jail during their client’s incarceration.”
Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan L. Porter told the Post that he argued that Virginia law should have prevented Bouaichi’s release because of “the violent nature of the alleged offense.” He did not provide details of the attack because the rape charges are still pending.