Curtis Lopez enters Alford plea to Jane, William McQuain murders
The man who was arrested and charged in late 2011 with the murder of his estranged wife and her 11-year-old son in Montgomery County, entered an Alford plea to both crimes Friday.
Curtis Lopez, who was charged in connection with the October 2011 murder of 51-year-old Jane McQuain and the subsequent killing of her 11-year-old son, William, had been in Montgomery County Police custody since that November.
An Alford plea means the defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.
Jane McQuain was found dead inside a Germantown apartment on the night of Oct. 12, 2011. At the time, William had been missing for about two weeks. A day later, Lopez was located and subsequently arrested in Charlotte, N.C.
Lopez and McQuain married years ago while Lopez was in prison. But the couple never lived together.
But in September 2011, after McQuain inherited a some money, Lopez asked to come visit from North Carolina.
Prosecutors say he planned the visit so he could steal the new car McQuain had bought so he could give it to his 18-year-old girlfriend.
Prosecutors presented a barrage of damning evidence, including photos of Lopez in McQuain's car acting like he was buying it and Lopez at an ATM taking money out of her account shortly after her murder. They also presented images of Lopez with McQuain's 11-year-old son shortly before he vanished.
William was found beaten to death in the woods near a stretch of Clarksburg Road. Surveillance video released by police dated Oct. 1 showed Lopez and William together at a storage facility about two weeks before the boy was found dead.
He had been beaten to death with a baseball bat.
Lopez was indicted on murder charges in late December of 2011 after being extradited to Montgomery County.
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