Westfield Montgomery Mall Shooter Expected To Plead Guilty

Eulalio Tordil is charged with killing two and injuring two others in Montgomery County


Eulalio Tordil


The former federal police officer arrested after a shooting spree in Montgomery County in May is expected to plead guilty to the killing of two people and the attempted murder of two others.

Eulalio Tordil, 63, faces up to four life terms and is scheduled for a plea hearing Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, The Washington Post reported.

Tordil allegedly shot and killed Malcom Winffel, 45, of Boyds, in the parking lot of Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda on the morning of May 6 and fatally shot Claudina Molina, 65, of Silver Spring that afternoon in an Aspen Hill shopping center parking lot. Two others who also were allegedly shot by Tordil at the Bethesda mall survived.

Police said both killings occurred when Tordil was attempting to carjack individuals in the parking lot. County police arrested Tordil near the Aspen Hill shopping center hours after Molina was killed.

According to a plea agreement signed by attorneys in the case, Tordil will plead guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, the Post reported Thursday. In exchange, prosecutors converted one of the murder counts to life with the possibility of parole, though the other still carries no possibility of parole.

A judge still needs to approve the agreement, and Tordil can still back out.

Tordil, an Adelphi resident, faces separate charges in the death of his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, 44, who he allegedly shot and killed May 5 as she was waiting to pick up her daughter from school in Beltsville. The plea agreement does not cover that first-degree murder charge, according to the Post, or charges for possession and use of a handgun he faces in Prince George’s County.

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