ROCKVILLE – Multiple murder suspect Eulalio Tordil pleaded not guilty Friday morning in Circuit Court. His attorneys asked to postpone the trial until next year due to the amount of evidence.
The now 63-year-old former Federal Protective Services employee appeared in court for the first time since his alleged two-day shooting spree at High Point High School in Prince George’s County on May 5, and the Westfield Montgomery Mall and Giant Food Supermarket in Aspen Hill on May 6. The shootings resulted in the deaths of three people, including 44-year-old estranged wife Gladys Tordil, 45-year-old Malcom Winffel and 65-year-old Claudina Molina. During that shooting spree, three others were wounded but survived, including Winffel’s coworker Carl Unger.
Tordil was taken into custody by police after exiting the Boston Market restaurant near the scene of the last shooting in Aspen Hill later that same day.
In Circuit Court, Tordil’s attorneys, Theresa Chernosky from the Montgomery County’s public defense office and David Booth from P.G. County’s defense office, asked Judge Richard Jordan to push the 10-day trial to April.
The trial was originally set to take place in November. Chernosky said due to the large amount of evidence, the defense will need more time to look over the case.
“There has been a lot of discovery in this case. It will take a lot of time to get through it,” Chernosky said. “Based on the amount of discovery, April as the next date would work for everyone.”
State’s Attorney John McCarthy mentioned in court that they will take evidence from both counties into account for this case. He said the state is not arguing against the defense taking more time to look through the evidence.
“This is a fairly complicated case,” McCarthy said. “Tactically, I think, in this instance, when your lawyer says ‘I need more time in order to adequately defend you’ that’s a pretty good reason why the defendant might say ‘Ok.’”
McCarthy also said the State is still waiting for some of the results from ballistics and DNA tests. However, he said the State is ready to go to trial.
“The discovery is voluminous in this matter. There are thousands of pages of discovery, there’s some video material to look at (and) there are expert reports from the autopsy to look at about ballistics and DNA,” McCarthy said.
Tordil waived his right to a speedy trial. The new trial date is set to begin on April 3. 2017.