Authorities have moved a murder suspect from Ohio to Virginia, but no charges have been leveled against him in the homicide.
Commonwealth’s Attorney James Plowman said Friday that there is no rush to file charges against Daunteril Maurice Hall, 28, of Sterling, because he is being held without bond.
"The investigation is proceeding," Plowman said. "He is being held without bond, and he is off the street. At another time, I will sit down with the investigators and determine what action we are going to take."
He would not specify when he would proceed.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has identified Hall as a suspect in the murder of Sherine Williams, 24, of Sterling. Williams was found on Jan. 23 in her two-bedroom apartment at the Reserve at Town Center. Kraig Troxell, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said she knew Hall, but he was not sure to what extent.
General District Judge Dean Worcester advised Hall on Friday that he faces two charges: a felony, aggravated malicious wounding, and a misdemeanor, obstruction of justice. Worcester also determined a public defender would represent him.
Plowman said several charges, including felony aggravated malicious wounding, carry a "presumption of no bond," meaning he is held without bail.
Plowman also said he could understand it if the Williams’ family objected to a delay in filing charges. "Hopefully, they understand," he said. "The bottom line is we are not under any timetable for now."
Members of the family were unavailable for comment.
Hall was wanted on outstanding warrants stemming from an incident on May 23, 2004. He allegedly struck a 29-year-old Leesburg woman once with his fist and several times with a stick in Sterling, because she refused to give him a ride.
Authorities conducted a national search for Hall after he became a suspect in the Williams’ murder. The cause of her death has not been released. He was arrested a week ago Friday in Canton, Ohio, where he attended elementary school.
Williams, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, was a 1999 Loudoun Valley High School graduate and worked for three years as a mortgage loan officer at Bank of America.
Law enforcement authorities also arrested Megan Helm, 18, of Herndon, in Ohio. They charged her with felony larceny of an automobile, which belonged to her parents. The Sheriff’s Office issued an advisory prior to the arrests, warning that Helm might be with Hall and in danger. She was not harmed. She waived extradition three days before Hall and returned to Fairfax County, officials said.