Gina Cook

Virginia Man Accused of Shooting Self to Cover Up Wife’s Slaying Held Without Bond

A man accused of shooting himself to cover up the killing of his wife was ordered held without bond Friday.

Officers received a call about a double shooting in a home in the 9200 block of Okla Drive in Fairfax just before 3:30 p.m. Jan. 6, 2017, and found 51-year-old Donna Pentek and her husband shot.

The woman was found on her bed, dead of a gunshot wound to her head.

At Friday's hearing, Laszlo Pentek's attorney said he was a victim as well. He told the judge Pentek, 55, was taking a bath that day when he felt a sharp pain in his stomach and realized he'd been shot. His then 13-year-old daughter soon arrived home and found her father bleeding in the bathtub and then, while calling 911, found her mother shot to death, the attorney said.

Pentek sought bond so he could be with his children while waiting for trial.

The prosecutor has a much different take, calling Pentek a cold-blooded killer, saying, "It’s clear she was executed ... He went to extreme lengths, including shooting himself in the tub, to hide this fact. “

The prosecutor also told the judge that while a gun was found in Donna. Pentek’s hand, the autopsy revealed the bullet that killed her could not have been self-inflicted. And there was a second gun — found in the tub with Laszlo Pentek.

The judge denied bond, ruling Pentek poses a danger if released.

Investigators worked on the case for two years before Pentek was indicted in February.

His trial is scheduled for early June.

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