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    Lawyers Question Mental Fitness of Man Accused of Killing Muslim Teen

    Defense lawyers for a man facing a possible death penalty in the slaying of a Muslim teenager last year say their client likely suffers intellectual disabilities.

    The court filing from lawyers for 23-year-old Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling seeks appointment of an expert to evaluate whether he has the mental capacity to face capital punishment.

    The Washington Post reports an initial evaluation by a neuropsychologist found Torres suffers from poor memory and impaired judgment, and is functionally illiterate.

    Martinez-Torres is charged with capital murder and rape in the 2017 killing of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen. She was attacked while walking back to a mosque with friends ahead of a pre-dawn Ramadan service in northern Virginia.

    Family Lashes Out at Daughter's Accused Killer in Court

    [DC] Family Lashes Out at Daughter's Accused Killer in Court

    News4's David Culver is outside the courthouse where protesters have gathered and emotion overflowed in response to the killing of Nabra Hassanen.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 16, 2017)

    A judge will hear arguments on the request later this month. The trial is scheduled for January.

    Emotions ran high in October at Martinez-Torres' preliminary hearing. Hassanen's father stood on a courtroom bench and lunged at the accused, Martinez-Torres, in a packed courtroom, News4 reported.

    "You killed my daughter!" he shouted. Hassanen's mother hurled a shoe at Torres from across the courtroom and screamed "I kill you!"

    Outside, about 100 people chanted "Justice for Nabra."

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