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Affidavit: Both men shot in head
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Two brothers who were found dead over the weekend suffered gunshot wounds to the head, according to an affidavit filed with a search warrant in Henry County Circuit Court.
It is possible that Alfonso Navarro-Pena, 40, and his brother, Noel Navarro-Pena, 33, both of 211 Sugar Tree Drive, Axton — whose bodies were found several hours and six to seven miles apart — both may have been killed around the same time, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said Monday.
Perry asked anyone who saw or heard anything from about 10 to 11 p.m. Friday at either location where the bodies were found to call the sheriff’s office.
The men were found dead Friday night and early Saturday, respectively, according to the sheriff’s office.
Alfonso Navarro-Pena was found in a red 1998 Ford F-150 extended cab truck at 195 Daniel Road, Axton, according to the affidavit. Noel Navarro-Pena was found lying in a parking lot on Sportsplex Way in Axton near to a 2004 Nissan Titan pickup, police have said.
Other details from the affidavit, search warrant and sheriff’s office follow.
At 11:13 p.m. Friday, the Martinsville/Henry County Emergency 911 Center received a report of a motor vehicle crash near Gravely’s Auto Sales on Daniel Road. The caller stated that a red truck had struck a tree and the driver was unresponsive. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene at 11:23 p.m. and found the truck in the ditch of 195 Daniel Road.
The driver’s side window was shattered. In the driver’s seat was a Hispanic male with a gunshot wound to the head. The deceased was identified as Alfonso Navarro-Pena, and the red 1998 Ford F-150 extended cab truck was registered to Alfonso Navarro-Pena, 1135 Hobson Road, the affidavit said.
It was discovered he had a prior address of 211 Sugar Tree Drive, Axton, according to the affidavit.
A search inventory shows these items were seized from the truck: a total of $2,028 in cash, a black wallet, broken glass, glass from driver’s side window, Samsung/Verizon flip cellular phone, McDonald’s drink lid and straw, Tractor Supply receipt and swab of passenger side door handle.
At 6:14 a.m. Saturday, the 911 Center received a call from a man reporting he had found a male who appeared to be deceased in the parking lot of the Smith River Sports Complex with a gunshot wound to his head. Deputies responded to the scene at 625 Sportsplex Way, Axton, and found Noel Navarro-Pena deceased and lying next to a 2004 Nissan Titan pickup that was registered to him at 211 Sugar Tree Drive.
He had a belt clip for a cellular phone but there were no cell phones in his pockets. A sheriff’s officer who had been in contact with Noel Navarro-Pena on several previous occasions indicated that he always had at least three cell phones on him.
Deputies went to 211 Sugar Tree Drive to try to make contact with possible family members there but received no answer. An investigator looked through a front bedroom side window in an attempt to make sure no one was hurt inside. While looking through the window, the investigator observed a pistol with two magazines next to it and several loose bullets, the affidavit said.
A white Ford Ranger was located on the property, and it came back registered to Alfonso Navarro-Pena. A burgundy vehicle with a car seat was in the driveway. While checking the property to make sure there were no injured people, an investigator located an unlocked outbuilding on the property, opened the unlocked door to the building and observed a large bundle of a green leafy plant material that is consistent with marijuana, according to the affidavit.
These items were seized under authority of the search warrant: Samsung cellular phone; four Aquafina bottle/water bottles; one Bud Light beer can; one Gatorade bottle; $27,891 in cash; two digital scales; three Blazer .22 caliber ammo; one HP Pavilion DV7 laptop; one Ruger handgun; ten .40-caliber bullets; one passport; one unknown make or model cellular phone; one Samsung cellular phone; three baggies of white powder; one Glock model 31 handgun; two spiral notebooks; one HP Presario laptop; one SD card; two cube-shaped packages with green plant material; two black Huawei cellphones; and two Mossberg 12-gauge models (shotguns).
A news release and sheriff’s officials have said that 25 pounds of purported marijuana and 2.6 ounces of purported cocaine were seized in the search at 211 Sugar Tree Drive.
Perry alleged Monday, “There was drug trafficking taking place here” at 211 Sugar Tree Drive.
Perry said the sheriff’s office is reaching out to other agencies for information they may have about the brothers and others. He declined to be specific about the agencies.
The sheriff’s office has had no previous problems at the sports complex, but, “We have had investigations in the Daniel Road area,” the sheriff said. He declined to elaborate.
There has been a lot of drug activity in Henry County in recent months, including undercover operations and drug indictments, Perry said. “We had two undercover operations that resulted in two higher level drug dealers being charged,” he said.
The drug activity in recent months may or may not be related to the slayings of the Navarro-Pena brothers, Perry said. “It may be a completely different reason” or there may be some ties, he said.
“We were familiar with both victims,” Perry said, declining to elaborate.
Capt. Eric Winn of the sheriff’s office said Sunday that investigators believe the victims knew the person or people responsible for their deaths.
Sheriff’s Major Ricky Walker said Monday no arrests had been made.
He also said “we were told they (the brothers) did odd jobs” but didn’t have regular employers.
Anyone with information about these slayings is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463).
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.