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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

By Tom Jackman  |  February 19, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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What no post? Oh yea, this happened in VA. No clear indication that the perp is black or hispanic. No fun in posting about this. Cant get my stereotype jones on.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 19, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Sounds liek the white-woman-killers are killing their kind again in VA. Priviledged white guy rapes and kill college-educated white gal and wants more time to lie with his scamming bounty-hunting lawyers.
Oh, wait, we are not allowed to talk about white on white crime on this blog and I know either my Uncle Tommy or Cousin Huck puns intended to skirt rules for the black and whites who dream of post-racial USA.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | February 19, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

what is this racist crap on here? a lady lost her life, doesnt matter if she is black or white! nor does it matter what race the perpetrator is, a murderer is a murderer! i spent 25 years as a detective in northern va. this kind of mess sickens me, and why the post would allow this garbage on their blog is beyond me!

Posted by: djlojak | February 22, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

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