Indictments handed down against Bashir, Johnson

Indictments handed down against Bashir, Johnson
The Alexandria Courthouse. (File Photo)

By Melissa Quinn

A circuit court grand jury handed down indictments today against Kashif Bashir, the man who allegedly shot police officer Peter Laboy in February, and Marie M. Johnson, who investigators accuse of murdering Elmer Roehrs earlier this year.

Bashir, 27, was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding, attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Johnson, 45, was arrested for burglary following Roehr’s murder. Though not originally charged for the homicide, Johnson was indicted for the crime Monday as well as attempted arson and destruction of property. Roehr’s death in February – immediately declared suspicious – was the city’s first murder in more than a year.

“That’s the outcome we wanted,” Sengel said.

Bashir, a Pakistani national living in Woodbridge, is being represented by the Alexandria Public Defender’s Office. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Molly Sullivan and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter are prosecuting him.

Counsel for Johnson will be appointed at a later date. Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Sengel and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Cathryn Evans are prosecuting the case.

Dates for a formal trial have not yet been selected, but will be chosen within the next 10 days, Sengel said.

The maximum sentence for both crimes is life in prison.