Convicted killer pleads guilty in 1987 cold case murder

A Virginia man in jail for the 2002 deadly strangulation of his ex-girlfriend pleaded responsible Thursday within the cold-case killing of one other girl, and is ready to plead responsible in a 3rd murder, officers mentioned.

Charles Helem, 53, pleaded responsible to the 1987 chilly case homicide of 37-year-old Eige Sober-Adler, Fairfax Commonwealth’s Lawyer Steve Descano (D) said in a news release. Descano’s workplace mentioned Helem was additionally scheduled to plead responsible within the 2002 killing of Jennifer Landry, 19, in Mount Rainier, Md.

Helem, who was already serving a life sentence for the 2002 killing of Patricia Bentley, his ex-girlfriend, confessed in 2021 to the 2 chilly circumstances. Officers mentioned Helem informed detectives data solely the individual accountable for the killings would know. A grand jury in each Fairfax County and Prince George’s County indicted him within the homicides in January.

“At the moment, the neighborhood can start to maneuver towards peace and closure,” Descano mentioned. “I’m grateful for the cooperation throughout companies and jurisdictions that helped clear up this case, together with from Fairfax Police Chief Kevin Davis, Prince George’s Police Chief Malik Aziz, and the chilly case detectives in each jurisdictions.”

Man in jail for ex-girlfriend’s homicide now accused in two cold-case killings, police say

Earlier than Helem’s confession, Sober-Adler’s loss of life remained unsolved for greater than 30 years. Building staff on Sept. 8, 1987, discovered Sober-Adler in a area close to a Herndon-area Days Inn that was below development. She was nude and overwhelmed. Her automobile was discovered on the shoulder of the westbound lanes of the Dulles Toll Street a brief distance away.

An post-mortem decided her explanation for loss of life was a cranium fracture and cerebral hemorrhage brought on by an unidentified object. Police consider Sober-Adler had parked her automobile on the shoulder the night time earlier than and walked across the space.

In 2002, the physique of one other girl was found in a wooded space on Oak Lane in Mount Rainier. She had been strangled and lower on her neck, police mentioned. Authorities recognized the sufferer three years later as Landry via a fingerprint match.

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Helem admitted to choosing up Landry in D.C., whereas he was soliciting intercourse for cash, Aziz mentioned in January. Helem informed police he killed her simply throughout the county line in Mount Rainier and left her physique within the woods, officers mentioned.

Helem was already serving a life sentence in Pink Onion State Jail in Virginia for the 2002 killing Bentley, 37, whom prosecutors allege he strangled with a twine and his palms. Bentley, a single mom of two boys, had pushed a bus for Loudoun County colleges for six years.

Helem might be transferred to Maryland to plead responsible to Landry’s killing and serve the rest of his life sentence, in keeping with Descano’s workplace. The switch of custody was a part of an settlement between the governors of Maryland and Virginia.

Supply: The Washington Post


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