Prosecutors seek life without parole for mall parking lot murder suspect

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ROCKVILLE, MD -- Prosecutors in Montgomery County indicated in court Thursday that they are seeking life without parole in their case against a man accused of a two-day shooting spree across Montgomery and Prince George's County that left three people dead.

"We have multiple deaths. We have completely innocent victims in this particular case that were selected at random," said Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy, following the status hearing where prosecutors made filed their intent to seek the maximum allowable penalty in Maryland.

Eulalio Tordil, 63, faces two first-degree murder charges for the deaths of Malcom Winffel and Claudia Molina. He's accused of killing them during two separate attempted carjackings in Montgomery County on May 6, 2016.

The previous day, Tordil is alleged to have shot and killed his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, outside their daughters' high school in Prince George's County. In court, McCarthy also filed a request to use evidence from that day in the Montgomery County trial.

"We think because it started and the entire story line begins in Prince George’s County, we want a jury to hear the entire story," added McCarthy.

Judge Sharon Burrell will rule on whether this is admissible at a motions hearing in February.

Judge Burrell will also rule on whether Tordil had his Miranda Rights violated when he gave a statement to Montgomery County authorities following his arrest. McCarthy, while not going into details about how Tordil's rights may have been violated, said he is likely to concede that there was a violation.

"But at the same time, say to the judge, even though there was a Miranda violation, the statement was voluntary. Whatever the defendant said, he said it voluntarily. It should be admissible and usable by us in cross-examination," added McCarthy. However, prosecutors would only be given this opportunity if Tordil takes to the stand in his own defense.

The start of the trial date was also moved at the request of the defense. It was slated to begin in April, but is now scheduled to start on October 16.

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