Cabbie Slaying Suspect Claims Self Defense

Suspect says he couldn't pay $130 fare

The 22-year-old accused of killing a cab driver in Tysons Corner says he did it in self-defense.

Evan Gargiulo turned himself into police on Tuesday.  The body of 49-year-old Mazhar Nazir was found Sunday.  Somebody called police after noticing the car hadn't moved over a period of several hours.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ian Rodway says Gargiulo didn't tell his side of the story until Wednesday.  He told police he wasn't able to pay the $130 fare.  Gargiulo says when he told Nazir that, he became angry and threatened Gargiulo.  That's when he shot the driver.

Nazir had a 12-year-old son and lived in Falls Church.  Gargiulo graduated from Penn State in the spring and was working in the defense industry.  He remains in jail after a judge denied his request to be released on bond.

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