Md. man convicted in killing of Va. donut shop owner

September 25, 2013

A Fairfax County jury convicted a Prince George’s County man of second-degree murder and recommended a sentence of 18 years in prison for killing the owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in June 2012, according to his defense attorney.

Abir Ali, 21, was arrested last summer for the slaying of Bharat P. Patel, 40, of the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane in Reston. An officer found Patel’s body in some thick bushes at the apartment complex where Patel lived.

An officer had initially responded to a report of a fight on Patel’s block June 9, 2012. He investigated but found no signs of an altercation. About an hour later, a missing person report was made from Hunter Woods Plaza, where Patel’s Dunkin’ Donuts shop was located.

The officer returned to Patel’s block to investigate, since the missing person report matched the description of one of the people involved in the fight, and found Patel’s body.

Michael J. Lindner, Ali’s attorney, said the killing stemmed from a dispute between Ali and Patel over Ali’s girlfriend.

A judge is scheduled to sentence Ali on Nov. 1. The judge could accept or decrease the jury’s sentence, but not increase it.

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