Charges in '03 triple slayings at strip club
Suspect in Pr. George's crime already in jail for homicide

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 20, 2009

Police in Prince George's County have charged a man in connection with a triple slaying that occurred more than six years ago outside a Landover Hills strip club, authorities said Thursday.

Moises Medina, 29, was charged Wednesday with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shootings of three men April 8, 2003, outside the Stardust Inn Go-Go Restaurant and Night Club on Annapolis Road, police said.

Medina, who was already serving time in the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland for a separate homicide conviction in 2004, is expected to be the only person charged in the case, which was "completely open" until now, said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a spokesman for the Prince George's County police department.

Killed in the shooting were Francisco Javier Ornelas, 30, of the 5600 block of 8th Street in Alexandria, and Noe Ornelas-Cruz, 22, and Robert Roman Jr., 19, both of the 7700 block of Garrison Road in Lanham. Police said at the time of the incident that the victims had gotten into a dispute with two men in the club. At some point, police said, one of those two men ran to an older-model green Honda, retrieved a semiautomatic handgun and fired several rounds at the victims.

Police did not immediately say what led them to bring charges against Medina now. Charles A. Murray, a lawyer representing Medina in the case for which he is in prison, said he did not know anything about new charges. Medina has been moved from the Western Correctional Institution to the Prince George's jail, where he is being held without bond, police said.

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