A Loudoun County jury on Tuesday convicted Brian K. Welsh, 41, of Herndon, in the double homicide of Mala and Rishi Manwani in Aldie in January 2018.
After a 16-day trial in Loudoun County Circuit Court and three days of jury deliberation, Welsh was found guilty on two counts each of first-degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the Office of the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
“Our condolences are with the Manwani family,” Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj (D) said in a prepared statement. “We know that even with this conviction, there is no curing the heartbreak and trauma they have experienced and continue to endure. This case is a tragedy on every level.”
Deputies with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office found the bodies of Mala Manwani, 65, and her son Rishi Manwani, 32, on Jan. 31, 2018, inside their home in the 25000 block of Tomey Court, each having been shot multiple times. The mother’s coworker called authorities to the scene after Mala Manwani reportedly failed to show up for work that week.
LCSO detectives interviewed more than 60 people during the ensuing investigation, which determined Welsh was known to Rishi Manwani. Authorities further believed the two were involved in narcotics activity inside the home, and that Mala Manwani was not an intended target.
Acting Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Zweig and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shara Krogh presented the case on behalf of the commonwealth, introducing expert testimony regarding various pieces of forensic evidence.
Testimony reportedly showed that Welsh and Rishi Manwani were together Jan. 29, 2018, and that the former owed the latter money for prior drug-related activity. Welsh on that same day gave the murder weapon to his brother.
The LCSO later recovered the firearm at Welsh’s parents’ home as well as shell casings at the crime scene, which an expert witness from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science matched to one another during the trial.
“It is rewarding to find justice for the Manwani family,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) said in a prepared statement. “This was a complex case that required extensive evidence analysis, and our detectives dedicated countless hours to the investigation to help ensure a successful prosecution. I am proud of the professionalism of all our staff and the prosecutorial team with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.”Per the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, the sentencing portion of Welsh’s trial began Tuesday at 1 p.m. He will remain held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.