Fact File: Nathan Antonio Washington
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Fact File: Nathan Antonio Washington Case
August 13, 2007 - Police announce 40-year-old Nathan Antonio "Tony" Washington was arrested around 1:00 a.m. at his Abbington Crossing apartment in connection to crimes committed by Charlottesville's serial rapist.
- Washington faces five charges: attempted rape, attempted forcible sodomy, burglary with intent to rape, rape, and burglary.
- He is scheduled for a court appearance on Thursday morning.
August 16, 2007 - Charlottesville and Albemarle County police confirm that DNA evidence links Washington to two sexual assaults - one from 2002 in the Willoughby neighborhood and another in 2004 along Webland Drive.
- Police won't say whether Washington is linked to five other rape cases believed to be committed by the serial rapist.
Washington's hearing is postponed because he hired an attorney and has not asked for bond. Washington's new attorney, Rhonda Quagliana, asks for more time to review the case before she defends him in his first court appearance.
- He's scheduled for a court appearance on August 23.
August 22, 2007 - Charlottesville grand jury indicts Washington on seven charges related to the Willoughby Drive rape.
- He faces forcible rape, forcible sodomy, malicious wounding and other charges.
- Charlottesville's commonwealth attorney confirms seeking new charges against Washington in the other rapes connected to the serial rapist case.
August 23, 2007 - Washington appears via video conference in Charlottesville District Court. In less than five minutes, Charlottesville's commonwealth's attorney files a motion of nolle prosequi or nol pros order, meaning "no longer prosecute."
- Washington's attorney files an objection to the nol pros order.
- Washington is due back in Charlottesville General District Court on October 4.
Waynesboro police confirm they have filed a search warrant in Albemarle County for saliva samples from Washington. The warrant came just days after a Roanoke lab told local police that saliva samples from Washington's arrest indirectly matched evidence left behind in a 1997 attack in a Waynesboro Comfort Inn.
- In February 1997, police say a woman who was entering her room at the hotel was attacked from behind and sexually assaulted. It would be the first of seven attacks tied to the same suspect dubbed-- "the serial rapist."
- The cold case was never closed, but police say they have made an initial link between Washington's DNA and the Comfort Inn assault. Police continue to wait for the lab results to come back from a 2002 Charlottesville rape and a 2004 attack in Albemarle County.
Washington is expected in court in Charlottesville Friday to finalize representation issues.
September 14, 2007 - A judge sets trial dates and appoints an attorney for Washington.
- Attorney Rhonda Quagliana will represent Washington in Charlottesville General District Courts but one his charges reach circuit court he will be defended by a public defender.
- His trial date is set for December 10.
October 11, 2007 - Washington waives his right to a preliminary hearing, and the victim in the case does not have to take the stand to testify.
- The case is set to go to the grand jury on December 3.
December 3, 2007 - A grand jury indicts Washington on three felony charges for attempted rape, attempted sodomy and breaking and entering.
December 10, 2007 - Washington pleads guilty to two counts of rape and two charges of sodomy for four rape cases in Charlottesville. He also pleads guilty to breaking and entering a home in Albemarle County.
- He will serve four consecutive life sentences for the rape charges plus 20 years for breaking and entering. He will be formally sentenced in February.