January Plea Set for Leesburg Man Charged with Housemate’s Murder

Joseph Lucio III is scheduled to be in Circuit Court on Jan. 7 for a plea, following Monday’s grand jury indictment on a second-degree murder charge stemming from the alleged killing of his housemate.

At about 4 a.m. April 7, Leesburg Police officers were called to a home in the Fox Chapel neighborhood off Fort Evans Road SE for a report of a man in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, the officers found Joel Rodriguez-Quezada, 48, with apparent trauma to his face and head. He died at the scene.

Detectives determined Lucio, 20, and Rodriguez-Quezada, who were housemates, were involved in an altercation that night. According to the April complaint, Lucio admitted to punching Rodriguez-Quezada in the face “several times” and biting his ear before leaving him lying on the living room floor and going to bed.

Lucio was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carries a punishment of 20 years to life in prison. Prosecutors last month agreed to reduce that charge to second-degree murder, which carries a punishment of five to 40 years in prison.

Lucio has been held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center since April.

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