A federal prosecutor from Baltimore was found beaten, stabbed, and shot to death in rural Pennsylvania as he prepared to finish a plea agreement in a drug case. Federal officials vowed to track down his killer, reports the Baltimore Sun.
There was no immediate proof that the murder of Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Luna was connected to this week’s federal trial, where two Baltimore men were accused of dealing heroin from the studio of their music label Stash House Records.
Luna, 38, told a another lawyer in the case that he was returning to the courthouse Wednesday night to prepare documents for an expected guilty plea. When Luna failed to appear for the hearing yesterday, authorities realized he was missing. By midday, it was clear that it was his body and car that were discovered at 5:30 a.m. by police in Lancaster County, Pa.
Luna’s 1999 Honda Accord was found nose-down in a small creek. His body was found lying in a field near the blood-splattered car. Law enforcement sources said he had been severely beaten and repeatedly stabbed; Pennsylvania State Police said he died as a result of stab wounds.
“We will find out who did this, and we are dedicated to bringing the persons responsible for this tragedy to justice,” U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBiagio said. “That’s a commitment from me. That’s a commitment from every law enforcement officer in the state of Maryland.”