Man sentenced to life in stabbing death of Beaverdam woman
Brian Mallory will serve the rest of his life in prison for the 2012 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Sarajane Hakopian, in a bedroom of the Beaverdam home they shared.
Today, Circuit Court Judge J. Overton Harris handed down the life sentence on first-degree murder, following the recommendation of the jury that had found Mallory guilty in January after a three-day trial.
Jan. 30,2012 Hakopian was found stabbed to death in her home in the 17600 block of Beaverdam Road. Her autopsy showed she sustained a total of nine stab wounds, which a forensic investigator in January said caused her to bleed out while laying in bed.
The day after the stabbing, Mallory, who had been living with Hakopian, was spotted driving Hakopian’s green 2005 Kia Sedona in Florida where he was apprehended and later handed over to Hanover authorities.
When he was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., Mallory had a one-way ticket to Miami. Found in Hakopian’s van were a number of her belongings, including a purse, wallet and cell phone, as well as a knife discovered under the driver’s seat, a Hanover investigator testified.
Shortly before his apprehension, Mallory had told Hakopian’s daughter via text message that he was in the Richmond area. However, cell phone records put Mallory near Macon, Ga. at the time of the communication.
Cell phone records also revealed a number of explicit and violent text messages sent from Mallory’s phone the day before the murder regarding Hakopian. Entries from Hakopian’s journal, also submitted as evidence, revealed that Mallory had become possessive over her and did not want her to have contact with another man.
Prosecutors also submitted DNA evidence tying Mallory to the scene of the crime, namely his shoe, which had blood on it matching Hakopian’s and also matched a footprint found in the room where she was murdered.
Mallory was given the chance to voice his intent to appeal but declined to do so in court, though he will still have the opportunity to do so at a later date. Mallory, wearing prison-issue orange, also declined to address the court when given the opportunity during the brief hearing.