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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Jury Convicts Brian K. Welsh in Double Murder of Mother and Son

The Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) announced today the conviction of Brian K. Welsh in the 2018 double homicide of a mother and her adult son inside their Aldie home. 

After a 16 -day trial, a Loudoun County jury found Welsh, 41, guilty on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Acting Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Barry Zweig and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Shara Krogh presented the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The jury deliberated for more than 3 days before rendering the verdict.  The sentencing portion of the trial will begin this afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

"Our condolences are with the Manwani family.  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. Today’s decision ensures we are able to keep our community safer.  We are grateful to our law enforcement partners for their investigative professionalism and dedication to the Loudoun County community. We appreciate the time, energy, and devotion to due process shown by the judge and jurors, and we further thank the witnesses.” said Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj.

The victims, Mala Manwani, 65, and her son Rishi, 32, were found murdered inside their home in the 25000 block of Tomey Court on January 31, 2018. Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the residence after authorities were notified by the mother’s co-worker that she had not come to work that week.  

During the course of the trial, the Commonwealth introduced expert testimony in the field of firearms, DNA, fingerprints, computer, and cell phone forensics, as well as cellular phone location data. Testimony presented during the court proceedings showed that Welsh was with Rishi Manwani on January 29 at 10:30 am. Cell phone data, email communications, and other forensic evidence established Rishi and Mala Manwani were murdered at approximately 10:30 am on January 29, 2018. Brian Welsh was addicted to opiates, had recently lost his job, and was struggling financially. On January 29, Mr. Welsh saw Rishi Manwani with at least $3000 in cash, and was aware that Rishi had additional drugs in his possession. After the murders, Mr. Welsh gave the firearm used in the murders to his brother and the gun was recovered by Loudoun Sheriff’s Detectives at their parent’s home. A Virginia Department of Forensic Scientist testified the tool marks from the firearm’s firing pin and extractor forensically matched shell casings recovered by LCSO Crime Scene Investigators inside the Manwani’s home. 

It is rewarding to find justice for the Manwani family,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “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,” added Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. 

Welsh will continue to be held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.  

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