A northern Virginia man accused of raping and killing a Muslim teenager is scheduled to enter a plea deal.

A change-of-plea hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Fairfax for Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling. He is charged with capital murder in the 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was killed as she walked back to a mosque with friends after a pre-dawn, fast-food meal ahead of Ramadan services.

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, hundreds of friends and supporters of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed by a northern Virginia man, hold a rally outside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Va. A change-of-plea hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Fairfax for Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling who has been charged in Hassanen's death. He is charged with capital murder in the 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was killed as she walked back to a mosque with friends after a fast-food meal ahead of pre-dawn Ramadan services. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)
FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2018, file photo, hundreds of friends and supporters of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed by a northern Virginia man, hold a rally outside the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Va. A change-of-plea hearing has been set for Wednesday morning in Fairfax for Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling who has been charged in Hassanen’s death. He is charged with capital murder in the 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was killed as she walked back to a mosque with friends after a fast-food meal ahead of pre-dawn Ramadan services. (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Details of the plea were not available ahead of Wednesday’s plea hearing. Martinez-Torres has been facing a possible death penalty under the charges filed against him last year.

Hassanen’s death received widespread attention amid concerns that her slaying was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, though police have said repeatedly they have no evidence of a hate crime.

Source: The Associated Press

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