Charge Upgraded to 1st-Degree Murder in Woolen Mills Killing
Albemarle County prosecutors are clearing the way to take an alleged gang member to trial on the highest possible charges following a brutal murder last summer.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Albemarle County prosecutors are clearing the way to take an alleged gang member to trial on the highest possible charges following a brutal murder last summer.
June 13, the commonwealth dropped second-degree murder charges against Eduardo Zelaya in favor of more serious charges.
The Manassas-area man now faces a count of first-degree murder, murder by mob, abduction, and criminal street gang participation.
The charges stem from the death of 24-year-old Marvin Rivera-Guevara. The victim’s body was discovered in a creek within the Woolen Mills area on July 4, 2017.
Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya, Juan Carlos Argueta, and Jose Luis Escobar-Umana are also charged with first-degree murder.
Investigators believe that some of the suspects may have affiliation with MS-13, an international criminal organization formed in Los Angeles during the 1980s.
Zelaya waived his right to a speedy trial, and his attorney is expected back in court December 3 to firm up scheduling.
A four-day jury trial for Escobar-Umana is scheduled to start on August 20, while Amaya’s trial is set to get underway on August 24.
Argueta's jury trial will get underway September 4.