In the middle of the night in February 2010, a young woman was raped, strangled, and left to die in a snowy Virginia forest.  After flagging down a couple driving by, the woman recounted the horrific story of the night before. Later that day, law enforcement would arrest Jorge Avila-Torrez for the attack. Little did they know that upon collecting his DNA, a string of previous assaults and murders connected to Avila-Torrez would be revealed. Former Federal and State Prosecutor Jonathan Fahey led the case. He shares the full story behind Jorge Avila-Torrez’s crimes, how a confession was obtained, and details from the trial in the case against him.

Jonathan Fahey worked at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, leading various grand jury investigations. He would go on to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, and would later become the Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Now, Fahey works with Brown Rudnick LLP as Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration practice group.

For his work prosecuting the case against Jorge Avila-Torrez, Fahey was given the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation.

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