CLARKSBURG - Convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo returned to Maryland from Virginia yesterday and is being held in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to await trial on charges of killing six people during the Washington-area sniper shootings 2 1/2 years ago.
Malvo, who is serving two terms of life without parole in Virginia in the shooting spree, was 17 at the time of the crimes. In Maryland, he is charged as an adult and faces six first-degree murder charges. He is set for a bail review hearing at 1 p.m. today in District Court in Rockville.
Montgomery County State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler called a "somewhat elongated process" for obtaining justice for victims' families.
"There are six families who have not had their day in court," he said. "They deserve their day in court; the community deserves its day in court."
A preliminary hearing for Malvo, 20, is scheduled for June 3.
He will be tried with John Allen Muhammad, 44, on the six murder charges. Muhammad, sentenced to death in Virginia in one of the shootings that left 10 people dead in the two states and the District of Columbia, is expected to arrive in Maryland within 30 days, Gansler said.
Gansler said the Maryland trial will act as an "insurance policy" if the Virginia convictions are reversed.
"This was the epicenter of the crimes," he said. "Now we are morally and legally obligated to take the case from Virginia and go forward with the prosecution."
No trial date has been set, and Malvo has the right to be tried within 120 days, Gansler said.
Malvo was released to Montgomery County custody at 8:30 a.m. yesterday and was taken from Red Onion Prison in Pound, Va.
He was flown to Frederick, taken to the detention center in Rockville for processing and transported to the correctional facility in Clarksburg at 1:53 p.m., said Arthur M. Wallenstein, director of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation.
Malvo was cooperative and did not say anything to authorities while being transported, Montgomery County Sheriff Raymond Kight said.
Malvo and Muhammad were arrested Oct. 24, 2002, and charged with murder in Maryland, Washington and Virginia in the sniper killings and in Alabama and Louisiana in earlier killings.
The victims shot in Montgomery County were James L. "Sonny" Buchanan Jr., 39, of Abingdon, Va.; James D. Martin, 55, of Silver Spring; Premkumar A. Walekar, 54, of Olney; Sarah Ramos, 34, of Silver Spring; Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, of Silver Spring; and Conrad Johnson, 35, of Oxon Hill.