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Shouts, Shoe Hurled at Suspect in Killing of Nabra Hassanen During Preliminary Hearing

by Dave Emke — October 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm 20 Comments

(This article was updated at 2:50 p.m. following the conclusion of the hearing.)

A preliminary hearing in a Fairfax County court Friday afternoon for the suspect in the June murder of Nabra Hassanen was disrupted when her family’s anger boiled over.

The hearing was briefly halted after disruptions and outbursts directed toward the suspect, 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, which included Hassanen’s father shouting “You killed my daughter!” and lunging toward the suspect. Hassanen’s mother also threatened and threw a shoe at the man.

Fairfax County deputies rushed into the crowded courtroom to maintain order, while the judge and Torres were ushered out of the room for safety.

At least five people were individually removed from the courtroom, WTOP reporter Mike Murillo reported, for their outbursts. Two, including Hassanen’s father, were forcibly removed by guards. The hundreds in attendance, many of whom were wearing “Justice for Nabra” T-shirts, were then all ordered out of the courtroom. The hearing was moved to a smaller courtroom and made private.

No cameras were allowed in either courtroom.

Torres, who faces a second-degree murder charge, ultimately waived his right to the preliminary hearing. That means the case is cleared to advance to trial.

  • Kristen

    My heart is with the family, I don’t know how you sit in the same room with the man who killed your daughter so brutally and do nothing. Hopefully justice will prevail so they can have some peace.

    • 40yearsinreston

      He is not guilty until he has been judged by a jury
      Hysterical relatives do not constitute a jury
      The rule of law is the the only defence against the mob

      • Jack Fessender

        Yeah, they sure are “hysterical”, I mean they’re acting like their child was murdered or something, makes no sense. FACT.

        • 40yearsinreston

          He is innocent until judged guilty by a jury
          That is the Law
          FACT

          • Jack Fessender

            How dare those people have human emotions. Monsters. FACT.

          • 40yearsinreston

            Another red herring
            Do you you advocate criminal acts ?

          • Jack Fessender

            Well, if he didn’t want to face a “mob” then maybe he should have thought about that before beating that little girl to death, right? Weird how I don’t have to worry about people throwing shoes at me. FACT.

          • 40yearsinreston

            So you are the judge and jury ?

            Thats not the way the justice system works in the US and other Western countries
            Maybe in some other jurisdictions but not here
            If you dont agree you have the means to change it
            HINT: hysteria is usually not the best way

          • Jack Fessender

            Yes yes, these people are soooo hysterical, why? It’s not like their daughter was murdered or something, right? Very strange. FACT.

          • 40yearsinreston

            You will never understand

          • Jack Fessender

            Kind of like how you will never understand losing a child?

          • 40yearsinreston

            Grow up

          • TheKingJAK

            You say “Little girl” as if she was an eight year old. Yes, murder is wrong and the perpetrator must be held accountable, but this is a case involving two young adults.

  • 40yearsinreston

    Islam is a religion of peace

  • 40yearsinreston

    In iraq when a reporter threw a shoe at GWB he was imprisoned by the authorities
    Will she be charged ?

    • KMon

      Are fuckin kidding me?

    • KMon

      Are you freakin kidding?

    • TheKingJAK

      President Bush dodged the shoe like a boss, though.

      • Jack Fessender

        Very much unlike this coward who I heard wet himself a little bit when facing people who could fight him.

        • 40yearsinreston

          I heard you wet yourself today
          Is that correct ?

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