Suspect in 2018 Double Slaying in Virginia Charged Again

A man arrested in 2018 for the deaths of a Virginia man and his mother only to have those charges dropped has been charged again, WTOP reports.

A Loudoun County grand jury indicted Brian Welsh last week on two counts of first-degree murder and other charges for the deaths of Mala Manwani, 65, and Rishi Manwani, 32.

Welsh was first arrested in the case in March 2018, but prosecutors dropped the charges when forensics testing found bullets recovered from the victims' bodies did not match Welsh's gun, so Loudoun County prosecutors said they decided to drop the charges, though they continued to investigate and never named another suspect.

About the time the charges were being dropped, detectives pulled out warrants and searched Welsh's brother's home, his parents' home and a third home. A search warrant suggested the gun was modified after the homicides.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the 25000 block of Tomey Court in Aldie Jan. 31, 2018, after one of Mala Manwani's co-workers at CSRA — where she was an accountant — reported that no one had heard from her that week.

When deputies checked her home, they found Mala Manwani, 65, and Rishi Manwani, 32, dead in different parts of the home. Both had been shot more than once. 

When Welsh first was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in 2018, investigators said they believed he was involved in drug activity with Rishi Manwani and Mala Manwani was not believed to be an intended target.

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