Criminal Justice

Lawyer couple are charged in home invasion and stabbing

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Two Virginia lawyers who are husband and wife are accused in the home invasion and stabbing of a couple at their McLean home Sunday.

Lawyers Alecia Schmuhl, 30, and Andrew Schmuhl, 31, of Springfield, Virginia, are charged with abduction and malicious wounding in the Sunday night incident, the Washington Post, WUSA9, and Above the Law report.

Police did not identify the victims, other than to say they were both 61 years old and the homeowners. Nor did police identify a motive.

Suspect Alecia Schmuhl is identified by the District of Columbia Bar and the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission websites as a lawyer at Bean Kinney & Korman in Arlington, Virginia. She no longer appears on the law firm’s website. A person who answered the phone at the law firm said there would be no response to reporter inquiries.

Suspect Andrew Schmuhl is identified on the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission website as a former judge advocate in the U.S. Army.

Police allege the male victim was attacked by Andrew Schmuhl after responding to a knock at his door. The victim’s wife was attacked by the suspect when she came to the front door, but was able to activate an alarm, police say.

Both victims were hospitalized with apparent stab wounds to their upper bodies, according to the reports. Both remain hospitalized, according to a press release by the Fairfax County Police Department.

Police arrested the Schmuhls a short time after they broadcast a vehicle lookout based on information provided by the victims. The Schmuhls remain in custody.

Updated at 2:32 p.m. to remove references to earlier coverage.

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