Man Released From Jail Due to COVID Allegedly Kills the Woman Who Accused Him Of Horrific Assault

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Police in Alexandria, Virginia say that a rape suspect released from jail due to coronavirus concerns went on to murder the woman who accused him.

In December, Karla Dominguez testified in Alexandria District Court that Ibrahim E. Bouaichi had violently raped her back in October, the Washington Post reports. Bouaichi was subsequently indicted on charges including rape, sodomy, strangulation, and abduction and was jailed without bond in Alexandria.

Then came the pandemic, allowing Bouaichi’s attorneys to argue for his release until trial, claiming that the virus was a danger to both inmates and their attorneys.

Bouaichi’s lawyers said in their motion for bond that Bouaichi and Dominguez had a consensual relationship, arguing that “the two individuals involved were boyfriend/girlfriend, and there is a substantial defense here.”

“Social distancing and proper disinfecting measures are impossible while incarcerated.… Simply put, the risk of contracting Covid-19 in a jail is exceedingly obvious,” his lawyers, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, added.

Jail spokeswoman Amy Bertsch noted that the jail implemented increased cleaning and health screening in early March “and there were no cases of covid-19 at the jail during their client’s incarceration.”

On April 9, in spite of the objections of an Alexandria prosecutor, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on $25,000 bond on the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his legal team or pretrial services officials.

On July 29, Alexandria police say, 33-year-old Bouaichi drove to Alexandria and shot and killed Dominguez outside her apartment.

Alexandria police obtained a murder warrant for Bouaichi two days later, seeking the help of the public in the ensuing manhunt and declaring him “armed and dangerous.”

It wasn’t until Wednesday morning that federal marshals and Alexandria police spotted Bouaichi in Prince George’s County. Bouaichi crashed his vehicle following a brief chase, authorities said. When officers approached the vehicle to arrest Bouaichi, they found he had shot himself.

As of Thursday, Bouaichi is reported to be in grave condition.

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