Many thanks to Fred Lobdell for giving me a heads up:
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.
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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