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Attorney for Suspect Nicknamed ‘Shopping Cart Killer’ at Fairfax Co. Asks Police for Gag

Anthony Eugene Robinson’s defense attorney has filed a motion asking a court to order police to stop calling his client a ‘serial killer’ and a ‘shopping cart killer’.

A lawyer for a man suspected of killing four women has asked a court to stop police using the nickname he became known for.

Anthony Eugene Robinson’s defense attorney filed a motion in the Rockingham County and City of Harrisonburg General District Court, asking the court to order police to stop calling his client a “killer serial” and “cart killer”. .” He is also asking the court to restrain Harrisonburg and Fairfax County police from releasing any information about the case to the media without court permission.

Lawyer Louis Nagy’s motion centers on a press conference given by the police chiefs of these two jurisdictions on December 17. Robinson had previously been arrested in Harrisonburg and charged with two counts of first-degree murder there, and Fairfax County police said he was connected with two bodies found in shopping carts in the Alexandria section.

Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis and Harrisonburg Police Chief Kelly Warner and Fairfax County Maj. Ed O’Carroll have repeatedly called Robinson a “serial killer “, Davis saying that Robinson “is called the shopping cart killer”.

Robinson still has not been charged in the Fairfax County deaths, and Nagy said in the motion that he was called by a reporter asking for comment on the characterization as a “serial killer” before the trial even began. press conference – a sign that the police were “already feeding the media with terms like ‘serial killer’ ahead of the press conference” in an attempt to harm the public.

Throughout the press conference, Davis and O’Carroll do not refer to Robinson as “the accused” or “the suspect”, the motion states – only that Robinson “has already killed four people”. And we suspect he has more victims.

Nagy said in the motion that he was contacted by local and national media about the allegation that his client is a serial killer, and the nickname “cart killer” has been all over the local media. , as well as People magazine, Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, Rolling Stone and more.

He added that the moniker was “specifically designed to ensure it would be repeated and used by every media outlet in the country”, and said it would compromise Robinson’s ability to get a fair trial and an impartial jury. He added that a remark O’Carroll made at the new conference said police would continue to release “sensitive information”.

Nagy is asking that the Fairfax County and Harrisonburg Police Departments be restrained from calling Robinson “a serial killer” or “the shopping cart killer” and from releasing any information about the case without court permission.

Fairfax County Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement, “Fairfax County has a proven track record of conducting meticulous and methodical criminal investigations to achieve justice for victims and hold offenders responsible. This case is no exception. While the accused will benefit from the presumption of innocence, the Fairfax County Police Department is continuing its criminal investigation and we look forward to presenting our findings in court.

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein contributed to this report.

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