March 9, 2014
A federal prosecutor has offered grim details on the slayings of two women in the Shenandoah National
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bondurant says the two were held captive for hours, bound with duct tape and tortured before they were killed in 1996.
The nude bodies of Laura "Lollie" Winans and Julianne Marie Williams were found at a remote campsite about a quarter-mile from Skyline Drive south of Luray. Their hands were bound, their mouths were gagged and their throats were slit.
Bondurant made the disclosure in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville yesterday during a hearing for Darrell David Rice.
He is charged with capital murder in what authorities say was a hate crime. Williams and Winans were gay, and authorities say their deaths were part of Rice's pattern of violence against women.
Prosecutors say they will seek a death sentence when Rice goes on trial in July.