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Local man faces first-degree murder charge
In incident in Bassett
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Marcus Ryan Barnes

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A local man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a shooting Friday in Bassett, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Marcus Ryan Barnes, 34, of 420 Mitchell Farm Road, Fieldale, also was charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a sheriff’s office release stated.

Barnes was jailed without bond, the release said.

Authorities identified the shooting victim as William Bradley Doss, 28, of 2560 Blackberry Road, Bassett. Doss’ body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy, the release stated.

According to the release, the Martinsville-Henry County 911 Center received a call at around 7:13 p.m. Friday that someone had been shot in the 2500 block of Blackberry Road, Bassett.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found a man bleeding from a wound to his chest, the release stated. The victim was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, where he was pronounced dead, according to sheriff’s Capt. Eric Winn and the release.

Winn said the shooting occurred at Doss’ home following a confrontation. He said the victim and the shooter apparently knew each other.

Winn said authorities found Barnes walking along Mary Hunter Drive, off Blackberry Road near the scene. The sheriff’s office declined to release any other details of the incident.

An investigation into the shooting is continuing. Anyone with information they think may be helpful to investigators is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 638-8751 or the Crime Stoppers program at 632-7463 (63-CRIME).

Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information pertaining to crimes. The actual amounts of rewards depend on the nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided to authorities.


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