- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2003

Federal investigators have discovered the blood of a second person inside the car of slain prosecutor Jonathan Luna, whose body was found Dec. 4 face down in a stream bed in Lancaster County, Pa.

An FBI-led task force continues to investigate the killing, for which a motive has yet to be determined. DNA tests on the newly discovered blood have been ordered, authorities said. It was not clear yesterday whether the blood indicated Mr. Luna, an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore, struggled with his attacker or if it came from an unrelated event.

According to Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Barry Walp, Mr. Luna suffered 36 stab wounds in the neck and upper chest, which would not be indicative of defensive wounds that usually are found on the hands and arms. Dr. Walp said Mr. Luna, 38, drowned after being “brutalized with multiple stab wounds” and left face down in a creek near Brecknock Township, Pa. His body was located by Pennsylvania State Police.

Authorities believe the killer used a penknife in the attack, which has not been found.

The task force has meticulously tracked Mr. Luna’s last moments, including a late-night journey from his office in Baltimore to the creek bed in Pennsylvania where he was found dead. Authorities said his car, a silver 2003 Honda Accord, passed through at least three EZ toll booths.

Investigators also have documented a cash withdrawal from Mr. Luna’s account and the purchase of gas at a Mobil station on Interstate 95 in Newark, Del., with a credit card in his name.

Authorities said initial inquiries in the case appear to show the killing was not related to his work assignments and probably involved events in his personal life. One area of interest is Mr. Luna’s frequent and nonwork-related travels to Lancaster County.

Mr. Luna had been due Dec. 4 in a Baltimore courtroom to finalize a plea agreement in a case involving Baltimore rapper Deon Lionnel Smith, 32, and an associate, Walter Oriley Poindexter, 28, accused of running a violent drug ring from their Stash House Records studio. Smith and Poindexter later pleaded guilty and await sentencing.


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