The Crime Scene - To Serve and Inform

Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 4:08 PM ET, 02/22/2011

Capital murder in woman's '08 death

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Editors

A Fairfax County jury on Tuesday convicted a Falls Church area man of capital murder in the 2008 bludgeoning and sexual assault of Genevieve Orange. Now the jury will decide if he should be put to death.

Lawyers for Mark E. Lawlor, 45, had conceded that he murdered Orange.

They argued that he was so intoxicated by beer and crack cocaine that he didn't have the "willful, deliberate and premeditated" intent to kill Orange, 29, inside her apartment at the Prestwick Apartments in the Seven Corners area.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, argued that Lawlor knew exactly what he was doing.

By Tom Jackman  | February 22, 2011; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, From the Courthouse, Homicide, Tom Jackman, Updates  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Fairfax man dies in alleged drunk driving crash
Next: Police seek owners of Md. burglars' loot

Comments

Crack cocaine is an upper. It makes your brain and body feel like they're racing while the alcohol in the beer slows you down. I'm not surprised he killed the lady since his brain was so confused. She might have said something that set him off. However, he deserves the death sentence.

Posted by: skinfreak | February 22, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

skinfreak, do you speak from personal experience?

Sounds like the industrial-grade "4 Loko" cocktail from hell: uppers + downers == sheer hell

However, the guy *was* a violent sex fiend to begin with; must'nt discount that, ya know.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 22, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

skinfreak, your comment "She might have said something that set him off" is unbelievably outrageous. He broke into her apartment using a pass key and attacked her while she slept.

Typical of so many commenters, trying to blame the victim for being raped and having her head smashed in.

Posted by: ReindeerDippin | February 22, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

death is too good for this scum

Posted by: slick3 | February 22, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

As a Mother of a Daughter who lived in that apartment building when that beautiful young lady was murdered, I was horrified. I met Mr Lawlor. He was the manager and got my daughter her apartment at the Prestwick. Mr. Lawlor told me this apartment complex check criminal records of all its tennets and not to worry about my daughter safety. Mr. Lawlor was the criminal.

The local laws allowed this situation to happen inorder to rehab those coming out of prison. Who ever thought this was a good idea, let them have the criminals work and live in their neighborhood. Interact with their children and other family members. This poor women who's husband passed away and April and then her daughter murdered same year in October should sue the law makers and the corporation that hired Mr. Lawlor.

Posted by: sszarowny | February 23, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

As a Mother of a Daughter who lived in that apartment building when that beautiful young lady was murdered, I was horrified. I met Mr Lawlor. He was the manager that helped my daughter obtained her apartment at the Prestwick. Mr. Lawlor told me this apartment complex check criminal records of all its tennets and not to worry about my daughter's safety. Mr. Lawlor was the criminal.

The local laws allowed this situation to happen inorder to rehab those coming out of prison. Who ever thought this was a good idea to main stream criminals on innocent civilians should live with the results of their niave thinking. This poor women who's husband passed away in April and then her daughter murdered same year in October should sue the law makers who passed this law and the corporation that put Mr. Lawlor in a position of trust.

Posted by: sszarowny | February 23, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company