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Hackney on list of most-wanted fugitives
Compiled by U.S. Marshal's Service
Beacher F. Hackney
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
A former resident of the Bassett area has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service's list of 15 most-wanted fugitives.
Beacher F. Hackney, 61, was added to the list last week. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to a news release posted on the U.S. Marshals Service website.
Hackney is wanted on charges of capital murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the March 2009 shooting deaths of two employees at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.
According to a 1971 obituary published in the Martinsville Bulletin for James Hackney, Beacher Hackney's brother, Beacher Hackney lived in the Bassett area at that time. It could not be determined when he last lived in Henry County.
There is no reason to believe he would return to this area, according to Henry County Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Winn, who said that to his knowledge, the marshal's service has not contacted county authorities regarding Hackney or his possible return.
According to the release on the marshals service website, Hackney began working at the luxury resort, which is near the Virginia/West Virginia border, in 2003.
He worked as a janitor and was known to be a loner, according to the release.
Hackney allegedly was upset with two of his supervisors, Dwight Kerr, 39, and Ronnie Stinnett, 60, for taking him off night shift and putting him on the busier dinner shift, the release stated.
"After being told by a supervisor to find something to do instead of standing around with his hands in his pockets," Hackney allegedly brandished a gun and began shooting at Kerr, the release stated.
According to witnesses and the release, Kerr ran from Hackney, who chased him out of the dish room.
Kerr was shot again, the release stated.
Authorities have said Stinnett was shot after being chased around the kitchen as he tried to escape.
Both men were fatally wounded.
Surveillance video allegedly shows Hackney leaving the scene with a gun in his hand, heading toward the perimeter of the resort and vanishing into the night, according to the release.
Authorities conducted a manhunt with search dogs and a helicopter.
A search of his apartment provided little evidence, other than keys and titles to both of his vehicles, the release stated
Hackney is referred to as a neat person with few material possessions.
Police believe he could live in austere conditions and be perfectly fine, the release stated.
Hackney is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has balding gray/white hair and brown eyes. He is missing seven lower teeth and the tip of the first joint on his right pinky finger, the release said.
He is a skilled outdoorsman and can make his own hunting and fishing equipment.
He likes to wear button down shirts over a T-shirt and likes to place his shoes next to where he is sitting, it said.
The website stated that Hackney has known ties to West Virginia, according to www.usmarshals.gov.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Hackney's arrest.
"We are asking anyone with information about Beacher Hackney to please come forward," said Gerald Holt, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Virginia.
If anyone knows Hackney's whereabouts or any information about him, he or she is asked to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office, or call the U.S. Marshals Service Communications center at 1-800-336-0102.
For more information online, visit www.usmarshals.gov.