Arrest in 1996 Murder of 2 Women on At in Shenandoah

Arrest in 1996 Murder of 2 Women on At in Shenandoah

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April 10th, 2002, 8:10 pm #1

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WASHINGTON -- A Maryland man has been indicted for capital murder and for committing a hate crime on the basis of sexual orientation in the 1996 slayings of two young female hikers in Virginia, the Justice Department announced today.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, at a Justice Department news conference, said Darrell David Rice, of Columbia, Md., was indicted by a grand jury in Charlottesville, Va.
The bodies of Julianne Williams, 24, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Lollie Winans, 26, of Unity, Maine, were found at a secluded creek-side campsite, a half-mile from the Skyland Lodge on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
The indictment charged Rice with the slaying of each woman, and said that in each case the defendant ``intentionally selected'' the victim ``because of the actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation.''
Rice had been held in jail in Charlottesville since 1999 in connection with an unrelated abduction case, authorities said.
The wrists of the two slain women were tied, and one body was inside a tent and the other was outside when National Park Service rangers discovered the pair on June 1, 1996, Stanley Klein, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office, said at the time.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/2220758.html
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April 19th, 2002, 3:06 pm #2

Virginia law enforcement officials have asked the FBI for help in assessing whether there might be evidence linking Darrell David Rice, the Columbia resident charged last week in the killings of two young women near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in May 1996, with a handful of unsolved killings committed about the same time in that state.
The cases under review include the deaths of three girls who disappeared from their homes in Spotsylvania County, Va., in 1996 and 1997, and the killing of Johns Hopkins University graduate student Alicia Showalter Reynolds in 1996
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February 2nd, 2003, 10:54 pm #3

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WASHINGTON -- A Maryland man has been indicted for capital murder and for committing a hate crime on the basis of sexual orientation in the 1996 slayings of two young female hikers in Virginia, the Justice Department announced today.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, at a Justice Department news conference, said Darrell David Rice, of Columbia, Md., was indicted by a grand jury in Charlottesville, Va.
The bodies of Julianne Williams, 24, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Lollie Winans, 26, of Unity, Maine, were found at a secluded creek-side campsite, a half-mile from the Skyland Lodge on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
The indictment charged Rice with the slaying of each woman, and said that in each case the defendant ``intentionally selected'' the victim ``because of the actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation.''
Rice had been held in jail in Charlottesville since 1999 in connection with an unrelated abduction case, authorities said.
The wrists of the two slain women were tied, and one body was inside a tent and the other was outside when National Park Service rangers discovered the pair on June 1, 1996, Stanley Klein, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office, said at the time.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/2220758.html
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft has given federal prosecutors the green light to seek the death penalty against a Maryland man charged with the 1996 slayings of two hikers in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park.

Darrell David Rice is accused of killing 26-year-old Laura ``Lollie'' Winans, of Unity, Maine, and 24-year-old Julianne Williams of Minnesota.

Rice is charged with two counts of capital murder and faces two additional counts on grounds he intentionally selected his victims because they were female and gay. He's scheduled to go on trial in Charlottesville, Virginia, in July.

A prosecutor said the brutality of the killings prompted him to seek permission to pursue the death penalty. The victims' bodies were found off the Appalachian Trail, bound and gagged, with their throats slit.
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February 3rd, 2003, 1:34 am #4

Isn't WMTW-TV-Ch. 8 the Yankee Network transmitter atop Mt. Washington? It used to be, anyway.
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February 7th, 2004, 11:46 pm #5

Many thanks to Fred Lobdell for giving me a heads up:
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WASHINGTON -- A Maryland man has been indicted for capital murder and for committing a hate crime on the basis of sexual orientation in the 1996 slayings of two young female hikers in Virginia, the Justice Department announced today.
Attorney General John Ashcroft, at a Justice Department news conference, said Darrell David Rice, of Columbia, Md., was indicted by a grand jury in Charlottesville, Va.
The bodies of Julianne Williams, 24, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Lollie Winans, 26, of Unity, Maine, were found at a secluded creek-side campsite, a half-mile from the Skyland Lodge on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
The indictment charged Rice with the slaying of each woman, and said that in each case the defendant ``intentionally selected'' the victim ``because of the actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation.''
Rice had been held in jail in Charlottesville since 1999 in connection with an unrelated abduction case, authorities said.
The wrists of the two slain women were tied, and one body was inside a tent and the other was outside when National Park Service rangers discovered the pair on June 1, 1996, Stanley Klein, special agent in charge of the FBI's Richmond office, said at the time.
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/2220758.html
Federal prosecutors filed a motion Friday seeking to withdraw charges against the man accused in the torture-slaying of two hikers in Shenandoah National Park.

Darrell David Rice was to stand trial this year on four counts of capital murder. Julianne Williams and Laura "Lollie" Winans were tortured and killed at a remote campsite on Memorial Day weekend nearly eight years ago.

Rice is from Columbia, Maryland. Prosecutors have said the 36 year old man tracked the pair down because they were lovers.

But an FBI analysis of hair found at the scene suggested Rice wasn't the killer. So did a government expert's analysis of DNA found on straps used to bind the women.
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0204/124336.html
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February 16th, 2004, 4:50 pm #6

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Note that there is one error in the article (IMO), which is contained in the self-contridictory phrase:

"at their secluded campsite about a half-mile from the Skyland Lodge on Skyline Drive."

Had they camped in an actual "secluded campsite" they probably would have been alive today. Camping 1/2 a mile from a major paved road is not wise and I don't consider it secluded.

It is also creepy that the actual killer has not been identified and may still be on the loose!



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