Montie Ralph Rissell was indicated by an Alexandria grand jury yesterday on charges of abducting, raping and murdering four Northern Virginia women. The city's prosecutor said he hopes to bring the 18-year-old high school dropout to trail by September.
The prosecutor, Commonwealth's Attorney William L. Cowhig, said he will seek life imprisonment for Rissell, who is also charge in Fairfax County with murdering a fifth woman. Virginia's new capital punishment law, which will provide death in the electricchair as punishment for murders committed along with rape, will not apply to Rissell since it does not go into effect until July.
The indictments were returned after the grand jury, whose deliberations are always conducted in secret, heard about half an hour of testimony from Alexandria homicide investigator John W. Turner.
Rissell is now jailed in Fairfax County but will be brought to Alexandria Monday morning to be booked, and then will have a hearing before Circuit Judge Donald H. Kent, Cowhig said.
At the hearing, Rissell will be formally told of the charges against him and the court will make sure he is represented by an attorney.
The Circuit Court in Fairfax has appointed attorney David C. Roehrenbeck to defend Rissell against the single murder charge against him there. Fairfax Circuit Judge William Hammer agreed yesterday to a request from Roehrenbeck that a psychiatrist be appointed to examine Rissell. The judge said the appointment will be made in a few days.
Rissell received psychiatric treatment under court supervision and spent more than a year in a Florida mental hospital in 1974 and 1975. In Fairfax he is charge with murdering Ursula Miltenberger, 22 a McDonald's restaurant management trainee whose battered body was found March 6 in a wooded area near Burke in western Fairfax County.
Yesterday's indictments in Alexandria charge Rissell with abducting, raping and murdering:
Aura Merina Garbor, 26, who lived in the same apartment complex as Rissell in the 400 block of North Armistead Street in the Landmark section of western Alexandria. She was found strangled last August lying in a creek in the same area.
Gladys R. Bradley, 27, a distribution clerk in the Washington Post Office who lived in the Holmes Run Park apartment complex near the apartments where Rissell and Garbor lived. She was found drowned in another creek in Alexandria April 30.
Janette McClelland, 24, a proofreader for a printing firm, who also lived in the Holmes Run apartments. She was found stabbed to death in the Landmark area on May 5.
Aletha Byrd, 35, a personnel department employee at Woodward and Lothrop, who also lived in the Holmes Run apartments.Her badly decomposed body was found Tuesday in a wooded area of western Alexandria.