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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged in shooting death of cousin
Early today in Bassett
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Thomas Dewayne Turner

Friday, April 26, 2013

A man is being held on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his cousin early today in Bassett, according to a release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Dewayne Turner, 36, of 130 Friendship Drive, Bassett, has been charged with felony second-degree murder and felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to the report. He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond, the report added.

The Martinsville/Henry County Communications Center received a call around 2:26 a.m. today that a person had been shot at 180 Blackwell Road, Bassett, according to the release.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found that Sonny James Turner, 44, of 409 Harris St., Martinsville, had received what appeared to be a gunshot wound, the release added.

In the course of the investigation, it was determined that Thomas Dewayne Turner and Sonny James Turner had been involved in an argument which turned into a physical altercation, the report said.

The investigation also determined that the two individuals are cousins, the report said.

An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia.

Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-7463. The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


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