Defendant in Ashburn Murder Rejects Plea

A suspect in a 2016 fatal stabbing in Ashburn was expected to enter a guilty plea on Tuesday, but the Circuit Court hearing took a turn when he opted to take the case to a jury trial.

Jose Otonniel Chicas Guevara is one of three suspects charged with killing Guillermo Piedra-Espinoza, 22, outside his Ashburn Meadows apartment Nov. 4, 2016. Piedra-Espinoza’s body was found in a nearby creek and a 19-year-old Ashburn man sustained stab wounds requiring hospitalization.

Chicas Guevara, who was 16 years old at the time, was indicted last February on charges of first-degree murder, malicious assault, two counts of malicious wounding by mob, and two counts of gang participation.

With a plea now off the table, his case is set for a 10-day jury trial starting June. 4.

One co-defendant, Jordy Jose Bonilla pleaded guilty in the case last year and is set for sentencing in June. The third suspect, Oscar Fabricio Lopez Nieto, is set for a 10-day jury trial in April.

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