Crime Suspect in 1975 slayings of sisters expected to plead guilty

09:11  12 september  2017
09:11  12 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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– A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades.

BEDFORD, Va. — A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file photo, Montgomery County Police Officer Robert Ladan uncovers photos of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. during a news conference in Gaithersburg, Md. A published report says Welch, accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall, plans to plead guilty to a crime that’s haunted the region for more than four decades. Welch was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the killings of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon. Online court records indicate the jury trial has been “withdrawn” and a motion hearing is scheduled instead. (Ricky Carioti /The Washington Post via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014 file photo, Montgomery County Police Officer Robert Ladan uncovers photos of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. during a news conference in Gaithersburg, Md. A published report says Welch, accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall, plans to plead guilty to a crime that’s haunted the region for more than four decades. Welch was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the killings of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon. Online court records indicate the jury trial has been “withdrawn” and a motion hearing is scheduled instead. (Ricky Carioti /The Washington Post via AP, File)

BEDFORD, Va. — A man charged with killing two young sisters from Maryland is expected to plead guilty Tuesday, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall.

Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters' slaying to plead guilty

  Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters' slaying to plead guilty A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades. Welch was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the killings of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon. Online court records indicate the jury trial has been “withdrawn” and a motion hearing is scheduled instead. (Ricky Carioti /The Washington Post via AP, File) BEDFORD, Va.

(AP) — A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades.

- The trial of a man charged in the 1975 slayings of two sisters who vanished from a Montgomery County mall has been withdrawn, apparently signaling his willingness to plead guilty . RELATED: Lyon sisters suspect charged with rape of Virginia girl.

Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., 60, is scheduled to appear in a Virginia court Tuesday. Welch is accused of snatching 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon in March 1975. Authorities believe he burned the girls' bodies on a remote mountain in Bedford County, Virginia, where his family owned land. They were never recovered.

The first-degree felony murder charges carry the possibility of a death sentence, but it wasn't known before the hearing if prosecutors had agreed not to pursue the death penalty in exchange for Welch's guilty pleas.

He was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday, but his trial request was withdrawn last week. The Washington Post reported that Welch plans to plead guilty in an agreement that will also resolve two unrelated sexual assault cases against him.

Suspect in 1975 killing of Lyon sisters poised to plead guilty

  Suspect in 1975 killing of Lyon sisters poised to plead guilty Katherine and Sheila Lyon, ages 10 and 12, were abducted from a mall in the infamous Maryland case.Lloyd Lee Welch, 60, charged two years ago, would become the first person convicted in the girls’ deaths, in a case that many feared would never be solved. Based on their recent work, detectives believe the sisters, ages 10 and 12, were sexually assaulted and killed before the remains of at least one of them were taken to rural Bedford County, Va., and burned.

BREAKING: Guilty plea expected in 1975 abduction and murders of sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyon . Report: Suspect in 1975 sisters ' slaying to plead guilty - Times Union - www.timesunion.com.

(AP) — A convicted sex offender accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall is expected to plead guilty to the crime that has haunted the region for more than four decades.

Welch is already serving a long prison term in Delaware for sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl.

The Lyon sisters' disappearance shattered the sense of security in Kensington, Maryland, rattling parents to the point where they no longer let their children play outside or walk to Wheaton Plaza.

"It deeply affected everybody in a very large radius within the D.C. suburbs. People always wanted to know who did this, who was this person, what happened?" said Teresa Brookland, a former schoolmate who remembers Katherine as sweet and friendly.

Harry Geehreng, a retired Montgomery County police sergeant who searched the mall and surrounding woods for the sisters after they disappeared, said it took a couple of days for it to sink in that the girls may have been abducted because it was a sleepy area with little crime back then.

"It was just an innocent time and people never thought the worst," Geehreng said. "Just the idea that a total stranger absconded with these two little girls, it was really beyond belief. People were genuinely shocked."

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RICHMOND, Va. — A published report says a man accused in the 1975 murders of two young sisters who disappeared from a Maryland shopping mall plans to plead guilty to a crime that’s haunted the region for more than four decades.

BREAKING: Guilty plea expected in 1975 abduction and murders of sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyon. Any plea deal would not be final until Welch appeared before a judge and admitted guilt , and the judge signed off on it.

Cold case detectives began focusing on Welch in 2013 after they noticed a composite sketch that resembled a 1977 mug shot of Welch in a burglary near Wheaton Plaza.

When the girls disappeared, Welch was an 18-year-old former worker at a traveling carnival.

A friend of the girls told police she saw a young man leering at them and following them in the mall. Based on her description, a detective drew a composite sketch of a young man with long hair and facial scars from acne.

Police didn't release the drawing to the public because they were focused on another sketch based on descriptions from witnesses who said they saw the sisters talking to an older man who had a microphone and cassette recorder. After the sketch of the older man was made public, Welch told a security guard at the mall that he seen the sisters leave with that man. Police interviewed Welch but released him because they believed he was trying to get the $9,000 reward being offered.

In interviews with police beginning in 2013, Welch acknowledged he was at the mall that day and said he believed they'd been "abducted, raped and burned up," according to court documents.

He was charged in their deaths two years ago.

Crime draws unwanted attention to remote Virginia mountain .
The disappearance of two young Maryland sisters shook the suburbs of Washington, and remained an agonizing mystery for more than four decades. Now another region 250 miles away is linked to the crime. Authorities say convicted sex offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. burned at least one of the sisters' bodies in a fire on his cousins' property on Taylors Mountain, in west-central Virginia.Following Welch's guilty plea this week, the people of Taylors Mountain are hoping to put an end to any association between their home and the slayings of 10-year-old Katherine and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon.

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