COVID fears led to the release of a rape suspect who, after being released, hunted down and killed the woman who accused him.
Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was released on April 9th and on July 29, Bouaichi shot and killed Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzales in Alexandria, Virginia.
It was the cities first homicide of the year.
Gonzales accused Bouaichi of rape in December 2019 in Alexandria District Court. Bouaichi was indicted on rape charges and held without bond while awaiting trial.
Bouaichi was ordered to stay in his home unless traveling on authorized matters.
One week after Gonzales was killed, authorities spotted Bouaichi in Prince Goerge Maryland not far from Alexandria.
Authorities pursued Bouaichi until he crashed his car, and when authorities approached him he apparently had shot himself and is now listed in grace condition.
Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that he should be freed while in prison because of the risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout crowded locations such as prisons.
His attorneys said they are “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here,” and “were looking forward to trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case.”
The judge who released Bouaichi has since retired and did not provide a statement.