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Klos Charged with Murdering Friend

Brendan Klos' sobs could be heard in the courtroom as he was escorted back to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center after his preliminary hearing in Fairfax County General District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Klos, 21 of Mount Vernon, is charged with the Aug. 25 murder of his friend and former high school classmate, Anthony Sherbaf. Klos and Sherbaf, 20 of McLean, both graduated in 2003 from Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School in Arlington.

Fairfax County Police responded at 8:06 p.m., Aug. 25 to a report of a shooting at Klos' address on the 6100 block of Beech Tree Drive. Officer Day testified last week that he arrived to the house at 8:09 p.m. Seven units responded, he said.

"I observed the defendant was sitting on the curb, next to the mailbox in front of the house," the officer testified. "I heard him speaking out loud to no one in particular."

Klos, dressed in a T-shirt and yellow shorts, was talking to himself, Day said. "Once I realized what he was saying, I put on my recorder," he said.

Without being asked anything by officers, Klos, according to the officer, said, "I'm a murderer, I didn't mean to, he was on top of me, he was strangling me, it hurt, I wanted him off, I couldn't breathe."

Inside the house, Day observed a silver handgun on the floor of a bedroom. Sherbaf, fatally wounded, was shot in the head and was lying next to the bed. Next to him, approximately six feet away, was a knife, Day said.

"There was a large amount of blood there at the time," he said.

The officer didn't observe any blood or marks on Klos' body, he testified.

A Fairfax County Circuit Court grand jury is expected to indict Klos in February for murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. If he is indicted, Klos, who is represented by James Clark and Jonathan Shapiro, will then face further court proceedings in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

<1b>— Ken Moore