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Slaying cases advance
Two charged in separate incidents
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Henry County grand jurors on Monday indicted two local men in connection with two separate slaying cases.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to hold a trial.
Marcus Ryan Barnes, 34, 420 Mitchell Farm Road, Fieldale, was indicted on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of William Bradley Doss, 28, of 2560 Blackberry Road, Bassett.
Doss suffered a single gunshot wound to his upper left chest in a March 29 incident in the 2500 block of Blackberry Road, Bassett, according to reports at the time.
Three witnesses testified at a May preliminary hearing that the shooting incident followed a confrontation.
According to testimony, a vehicle was stopped in the middle of Blackberry Road, with the door on the passenger side open. A man identified as Barnes was across the road, near the locked gate of a fence surrounding a home. Three other men — later identified as Brad Doss, his brother Brent Doss and their father — were inside the gate.
The men talked, and then the man outside the gate turned to go back to his vehicle, a witness said. But then he engaged in more conversation before turning to leave a second time, a witnesses testified. It appeared rocks were thrown, and witnesses said they saw a small gun and then heard a shot.
Doss died at the scene, according to witnesses.
Barnes also was indicted on charges of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a felon convicted within 10 years in connection with Doss’ death. He is being held without bond.
In an unrelated case, grand jurors indicted a Bassett man in the shooting death of his cousin.
Thomas Dewayne Turner, 36, of 130 Friendship Drive, Bassett, was indicted on one count each of second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the April 26 shooting death of his cousin, Sonny James Turner, 44, of 409 Harris St., Martinsville.
Authorities said two men were involved in an argument which turned into a physical altercation. Sonny Turner died from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, officials said at the time.