The girlfriend of Dirk Smiler, the prominent figure in Washington’s goth scene who was slain in February, was charged with murder and arrested today, the Washington Post reports this afternoon and the Fairfax County Police Department has confirmed.
Caralee Cottle turned herself in to Fairfax Police Det. Robert A. Bond outside the Fairfax jail around 12:15 p.m., after being notified of the arrest warrant this morning, WaPo‘s Tom Jackman reports. Cottle, 31, was accompanied by her mother Viola Shields and her attorney Peter D. Greenspun, the prominent Virginia criminal-defense attorney whose more famous clients include the sportscaster Marv Albert and the Beltway sniper John Muhammad. Cottle will be arraigned tomorrow.
Smiler died of a gunshot wound to the head in the Annandale home he shared with Cottle and four others on Feb. 15, following an argument with Cottle, 31, who is a former Marine. According to sources familiar with that evening’s events, a bang erupted from Cottle and Smiler’s room around 10:30 p.m. Moments later, Cottle emerged naked and covered in blood.
A call to the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney was not immediately returned.
Contacted just before 12 p.m. today, Cottle declined to comment. “Go to hell,” she said.
Mugshot courtesy of the Fairfax County Police Department.