Preliminary hearing set in April for teenager charged in Halifax County double homicide

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Mohamed A. Aly is accused of killing Ntombo Joel Bianda and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin early Saturday morning on February 8th.

Mohamed A. Aly is accused of killing Ntombo Joel Bianda and Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin early Saturday morning on February 8th.

HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The teenager charged in the murder of two people in Halifax County on Feb. 8 will have a preliminary hearing on April 15, at the Halifax General District Court.

According to Virginia State Police, Mohamed A. Aly, 18, of Alexandria was arrested Thursday, Feb. 13, by the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office and transported from Alexandria to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax. Aly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

“State police personnel have been working around the clock pursuing multiple leads related to this homicide investigation,” said Capt. David O. Cooper II, Commander of the VSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office on Tuesday, Feb. 11. “We cannot thank the public enough for providing the tips and information necessary to aid our special agents with effecting an arrest so quickly.”

VSP responded to an apparent single-vehicle crash Route 58 in Halifax County on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2:51 a.m. Upon arrival, state troopers found a silver 2009 Nissan Maxima in the median of the road with two people laying dead in the grass near the car. Both victims — identified as 21-year-old Ntombo Joel Bianda of Alexandria and 19-year-old Ayanna Munne Maertens Griffin of Germantown, Maryland — had been shot.

Cooper announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11 that VSP investigators were exploring multiple possibilities, including the potential involvement of a second vehicle in Saturday’s homicide.

It is unclear what brought the victims and suspect to Halifax County from northern Virginia and Maryland. However, multiple agencies are involved in the investigation into Saturday’s double homicide, including the FBI Richmond Field Office, the ATF, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 teams from the Virginia Department of Corrections, and several other local law enforcement agencies.

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