Md. Prosecutor Murder May Have Been Personal Case


Authorities may declare the slaying of a Baltimore federal prosecutor a Pennsylvania murder cae and not a federal crime, the Baltimore Sun says. Investigators are gathering information on Jonathan P. Luna’s private life. One source said that Luna, 38, had suffered severe beating injuries in his genital area before he was killed, suggesting a “highly personal” motive.

Agents questioned Luna’s family and friends about recent trips he might have taken to Pennsylvania, his personal life, as well as his finances, including whether his credit card was used in the Philadelphia area the night he disappeared.

Authorities were examining 1997 messages posted by someone using the name Jonathan Luna on Internet dating sites. The author described himself as a discreet 31-year-old married, professional black male seeking a white female sexual partner; the authenticity of the postings could not be verified.

The slain prosecutor’s father, Paul D. Luna, said FBI agents had told him that they thought his son’s death was not connected to his work. Luna’s body was found shortly before dawn Thursday, stabbed 36 times and left face down in a creek in rural Pennsylvania. A source said Luna’s battered body was directly in front of his still-idling car, suggesting that his attacker might have considered running over the body.


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