When Jammie Lane, 44, was murdered in his Leesburg home in 2009, few witnesses and little forensic evidence made the case difficult to investigate. Now, eight years later, Lane’s family finally received answers.
Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman announced in a May 2 press conference that Elias Abuelazam, 40, was responsible.
Almost a year after Lane was killed, Leesburg had three more stabbings similar to Lane’s. Leesburg Police investigators were confident Abuelazam was responsible based on victim’s descriptions and video footage. However, they did not have enough evidence to arrest him at that time, Plowman said.
Then in August 2011, Abuelazam was arrested in the Atlanta International Airport in connection to 10 separate stabbings and five homicides in addition to Lane’s. The stabbings spanned Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, Plowman said. Michigan prosecuted Abuelazam for one of the five homicides that happened in that state.
Abuelazam was convicted of murder in 2012 and is serving life in prison without the possibility for parole. Leesburg Police detectives attempted to interview Abuelazam in prison three times without success, then two weeks ago, he said he would talk to detectives if he was granted immunity. Plowman agreed and collected enough evidence to conclude Abuelazam killed Lane.
“We will not be filing charges against Mr. Abuelazam, Plowman said. “There is no additional punishment the court system in Leesburg can provide that he isn’t already serving … Now we just want to provide closure for the family.”
Plowman also said that while Federal Marshals were willing to transport Abuelazam for prosecution in Leesburg, he was not willing to take the risk of moving a violent serial killer.
Closing the case would not have been possible without help from the Secret Service, FBI and continued commitment and dedication of the Leesburg Police Department, Plowman said.
He also said Abuelazam gave no indication that he targeted the Leesburg stabbing victims based on race, as had been rumored. Abuelazam conjured conspiracy theories and paranoid delusions about relationships between his victims that didn’t exist, Plowman said.
Lane’s wife at the time, Youdella Allen said it felt good to have closure and no longer live in fear of her late-husband’s killer.
“I’m at peace and I’m sure he is too,” Allen said.
Allen was joined at the press conference by her daughter, Katherine Thompson, and her oldest grandson, Tyreek Allen, who was 10-years-old at the time of Lane’s murder.
“He loved his family and he was a good person,” Allen said of Lane. “It changes your whole life.