(Delmarvanow.com) -- Convicted child molester Khalil Muslimani will face his second rape trial in Virginia Beach after a judge granted his motion to move the case from Accomack County.
Muslimani, of Onancock, is already serving two life terms and 20 years in prison after his conviction for carnal knowledge and sodomy of a young family member.
In the second case, which involves another family member, Muslimani is charged with rape, indecent liberties and child endangerment. The crimes date back to 1986, according to court records.
During a court hearing on Oct. 4, defense attorney Trevor Robinson presented the court with papers including newspaper accounts of the earlier trial as part of his motion to move the trial out of Accomack County.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan fought the motion, saying it was possible to seat an impartial jury in Accomack County.
Muslimani, who came to court in a wheelchair, has made numerous motions in his cases. He represented himself in court proceedings for a long time.
“I spent considerable time going over the information,” said Virginia Beach Judge Frederick B. Lowe. “The pending case and the prior case have remarkably similar circumstances. The defendant in the case was sentenced to two life terms plus years.”
He said the defendant faced similar charges in both cases, calling that fact “rather bizarre.”
Lowe granted Robinson’s motion for change of venue and said the trial will be held in Virginia Beach, likely on Dec. 12.
“It will be markedly less troublesome to seat an impartial jury,” the judge said, adding, “It will be a much smoother process.”
After Muslimani’s motion was granted, he asked to speak. Lowe allowed it.
The defendant began with a litany of complaints about the sheriff’s department not giving him his mail and other documents, then segued into his health problems, which he said were not being dealt with properly.
"The treatment is so bad here,” he told the judge.
Muslimani, who is 71 years old, referred to a heart condition, problems with his knees, eyes, hands and hearing loss. He told the court he had problems with his back and cervical spine as well.
The judge eventually cut him off, saying, “I know the sheriff is going to do everything he can to make sure you are well taken care of. Your lawyer will speak to the sheriff about your mail.”