By The Associated Press, ABC 7 News
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP/WJLA) – An Alexandria man was arraigned Monday on charges of killing a high-ranking District of Columbia corrections official.
Dawit Seyoum, 29, appeared in court on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of 64-year-old Carolyn Cross, the deputy director of operations for the Department of Corrections.
Alexandria Police spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt said investigators do not believe Cross’ slaying was related to her work as a corrections official, or that Seyoum and Cross knew each other.
Police said they were called shortly after 8 a,m. Sunday to an apartment complex in the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue, where they found Cross dead.
An autopsy was being conducted to determine the exact cause of death, authorities said.
During Seyoum’s arraignment, he was appointed a public defender and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for October.
Police said this was the fourth homicide in Alexandria in 2014.