Managing partner, wife were stabbed in 'torture session,' prosecutor says; lawyer arrested in diaper
Andrew Schmuhl (Fairfax County Police)
Prosecutors alleged in court on Friday that a law firm managing partner and his wife were stabbed and held on Sunday night in a “torture session” at their home in McLean, Virginia.
Leo and Sue Fisher, both 61 years old, were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries in the attack. Leo Fisher is managing partner of Bean, Kinney & Korman in Arlington, Virginia. Two lawyers who are husband and wife were charged with abduction and malicious wounding in the attack.
One of lawyers charged, Alecia Schmuhl, 30, maintained in court on Friday that she waited outside the Fishers’ home during the attack and wasn’t aware of her husband’s plans, WJLA reports. She was hired as an intellectual property associate at Bean Kinney last year, according to a law firm press release at the time, but she recently left the firm. She was ordered held without bond.
Also charged was Andrew Schmuhl, 31, described in bar records as a former judge advocate in the U.S. Army. The Schmuhls lived in Springfield, Virginia.
During the court hearing, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond Morrogh said the incident began at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, but police weren’t called until about 10 p.m., the Washington Post reports. “It can only be described as a torture session,” he said.
Morrogh said that the Schmuhls fled the scene and were pulled over after a four-mile police chase. Andrew Schmuhl was seated in the car wearing only a diaper, the prosecutor said. Police say they found bloody clothes, a Taser and a gun in the back seat.
Prosecutors allege that Andrew Schmuhl gained entrance to the home by impersonating a police officer. Andrew Schmuhl used zip ties to restrain the Fishers and stabbed both of them, police say. He also allegedly used a stun gun and fired a shot at Sue Fisher, but missed.