Fairfax death penalty trial postponed again
The capital murder trial of Mark E. Lawlor, who is charged with killing Genevieve Orange in her Falls Church apartment in 2008, has been postponed a second time to allow the defense lawyers more time to test physical evidence.
Orange, 29, was beaten to death on Sept. 25, 2008, inside the Prestwick Apartments on Leesburg Pike, where Lawlor was a leasing agent.
Lawlor was arrested about two weeks later after DNA found on Orange's body was linked to Lawlor, according to court records.
Fairfax prosecutors obtained a capital murder indictment in March 2009, alleging Lawlor killed Orange while committing or attempting to commit rape. The trial was first set for November, then continued to March 1 of this year.
But on Thursday, Lawlor's defense attorneys argued that they needed more time to test hair evidence found on Orange's body and examine blood evidence from outside the apartment which reportedly did not have the DNA of Orange or Lawlor.
Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jonathan C. Thacher set a March 4 date for the lawyers to return to court and set a new trial date.
-- Tom Jackman
February 19, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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