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Martinsville man faces 3 charges
After shooting incident at local motel
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Carlos Demontae Spencer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

A Martinsville man is being held without bond in connection with an Aug. 3 shooting incident at a local motel.

Carlos Demontae Spencer, 22, of 709 Fourth St., Martinsville, was charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, possession of ammunition after being convicted of a felony and reckless use of a firearm, according to a news release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is continuing, and authorities are asking residents for information.

The charges are in connection with the incident at the Econo Lodge in Collinsville. One man was shot to death and another was wounded in the incident; no one has been charged in either of those cases.

Jimmy Bernard Tinsley, 36, of Martinsville, died after he was shot multiple times in the abdomen, back, arm, shoulder and leg, according to an affidavit attached to a search warrant filed in Henry County.

According to a second affidavit, Tinsley was shot seven times in the chest.

Tinsley was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville where he was taken after the incident, authorities have said.

In addition, Brandon Denzel Eggleston, 21, of Martinsville, suffered a gunshot wound to the face and initially was taken to Memorial Hospital. He was transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, according to the affidavit and authorities. He later was released.

Two search warrants with affidavits have been filed. One is to collect gun shot residue from a witness at the scene of the incident, and the other is a search warrant for Motel Room 103 at the hotel.

According to the motel room search warrant, deputies responding to the 12:54 call Aug. 3 found that two people had been shot.

Tinsley was found lying outside of Motel Room 103, according to court records. The door to the room was open, and authorities saw a cartridge casing lying in the floor of Room 103, about five inches inside the room, the affidavit showed.

A red fluid that looked like blood was seen on a sink in the back of the room near the bathroom area, and authorities also smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the area of the door of the motel room, the affidavit stated.

A witness who remained at the scene approached authorities when they arrived, according to the affidavit.

The witness told authorities that he was at the motel and heard a commotion outside, court records stated. The man told authorities he then went outside and two people began fighting. The fight ended and one of those people left the hotel, according to the affidavit.

The witness told authorities that about an hour later, the person who had left the motel returned with other people, and numerous people started to argue, the affidavit stated. One person produced a gun and started firing shots.

The witness told authorities that he began moving towards his room when he looked behind him and saw a light-skinned black man pulling a revolver from his waistband, the affidavit stated.

The witness told authorities that he then pulled out his semi-automatic pistol, pulled the slide back to load a round into the chamber and fired two or three shots at the man who had the revolver, according to the affidavit.

The search warrant stated the witness allegedly told authorities that “he had fired his gun and might” have shot someone.

Two 9 mm cartridge casings, two samples of a red stain and a ZTE cell phone were seized when the warrant was executed, the affidavit stated.

A person has claimed responsibility for Tinsley’s death but has not been named or charged. Authorities have said multiple shots were fired by multiple people.

Investigation of the incident continues, and authorities have asked that anyone with any information about the incident to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 632-7463.

Rewards up to $1,000 are available through Crimestoppers 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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