Boyfriend to be charged with murder in Beaverdam death

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - New developments this afternoon in a Hanover murder investigation. Authorities are ready to charge a suspect in the death of Sarajane Hakopian who was stabbed to death at her home on Monday. When Brian Mallory returns to Virginia Thursday, he'll be charged with first degree murder. 

Deputies say they already have the warrants to charge him- it's just a matter of getting him back to Hanover County, and that process is already underway. They say he killed Sarajane Hakopian--she was found stabbed to death Monday evening.     

Police later found 42-year-old Brian Mallory, her boyfriend, who had allegedly taken her car and escaped to Florida. He's on his way back from Jacksonville and that's about all police are willing to tell us at this point.    

They say they are being very guarded about what they say about the case until Mallory goes to court. The sheriff also had a strong message for the community- he acknowledged the rash of recent crime in Hanover and thanked those who have supported the victim's families.

"I sincerely thank the community for standing together and supporting the families of these victims. It is clear that Hanover County is full of people who are truly caring and compassionate towards one another," said Colonel David R. Hines with the Hanover County Sheriff's Department. 

The sheriff also gave a warning- saying anyone else who tries to commit such heinous acts in Hanover County will be arrested and prosecuted.

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