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Rangers Testify At Homicide Trial

Shenandoah National Park

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A minivan went off Skyline Drive on September 27, 2010, and ended up several hundred feet below the Jenkins Gap Overlook, where rangers found stuck in heavy vegetation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Carmela Delarosa, 50, of Fairfax, Virginia, suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Rangers found a suicide note at the accident scene and Delarosa later admitted to attempting suicide by purposefully driving off the overlook. Delarosa was treated for her injuries and admitted for psychiatric evaluation. On November 29, 2010 Delarosa was shopping with her family in Tysons Corner, Virginia, when she picked up her two-year-old granddaughter and threw her off the fifth story of a parking garage, killing the girl.  Delarosa was arrested and confessed to the crime, which was captured on mall video surveillance. Earlier this month, two rangers testified in the murder trial regarding the earlier suicide attempt in the park. Delarosa pled not guilty by reason of insanity. On Thursday, October 6th, she was found guilty of first-degree murder and the jury recommended a sentence of 35 years in prison. Media interest in the case was high.



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