The state’s attorney for Montgomery County said he plans to seek life in prison without parole for Eulalio Tordil, who is charged with the murder of one person at Montgomery Mall and another in Aspen Hill.
At a preliminary hearing last Thursday, John McCarthy said the state filed paperwork in order to comply with state law that says prosecutors must inform the defendant before the trial that they are seeking the maximum penalty, which in Maryland is life without the possibility of parole.
“That’s the maximum penalty allowed by, we don’t have the death penalty in Maryland,” McCarthy said.
Tordil is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Malcom Winffel and Claudina Molina after what police said was a shooting spree that took place in Prince George’s County, Montgomery Mall and Aspen Hill Shopping Center in May.
Tordil has not been indicted in the death of his wife in Prince George’s County.
Tordil’s trial date was also pushed back to Oct. 16 after Tordil’s attorney, Theresa Chernosky, said the previous date set for April conflicted with the trial date of another client.
Judge Sharon V. Burrell is also considering whether a statement Tordil gave to police after his arrest in admissible because he may have not be read he Miranda rights by police at the time.
“We are continuing to examine it, and we’re considering whether or not we should concede it was a Miranda violation,” McCarthy said.
Tordil, a former employee of the Federal Protective Services, allegedly murdered his wife in Prince George’s County before going on a shooting spree, according to police.
According to police, Tordil shot a woman in an attempt to steal her car and fatally shot Winffel as he tried to help. Tordil then made his way to Aspen Hill Shopping Center, where he fatally shot Molina before attempting to steal her car and being arrested, according to police.
Tordil is scheduled to appear in court again for a Feb. 17 motions hearing.