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Police arrest suspect in March Midlothian murder

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Bret Chermel-Anthony Gilliam faces murder charges in a Midlothian homicide (Source: Chesterfield Police) Bret Chermel-Anthony Gilliam faces murder charges in a Midlothian homicide (Source: Chesterfield Police)
Farzad Sultani was killed in March by an armed intruder in his Midlothian home Farzad Sultani was killed in March by an armed intruder in his Midlothian home
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

Chesterfield police arrested a man on Tuesday in a deadly home invasion at a Midlothian home in March.

Bret Chermel-Anthony Gilliam, 24, faces several charges, including first-degree murder, in the shooting death of Farzad Sultani. Police say Sultani was in his home on Little Pond Lane near Old Buckingham Road when Gilliam burst in around 3 a.m. on March 17 and shot him to death.

Witnesses say they heard sounds of an argument, followed by a struggle and a gunshot.

Police at the time said they did not believe the killing was a random act. Sultani's friends were shocked by the death.

Sultani came to the U.S. from Afghanistan after his parents were killed when their house was bombed, according to his friends. Friends say he moved here for a better life and Sultani worked in construction to help provide for the family.

A multi-jurisdictional grand jury indicted Gilliam on Monday on charges of first-degree murder, attempt first-degree murder, breaking and entering with intent to commit murder, and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was arrested on Tuesday, according to police, and is being held without bond at the Chesterfield Jail. He is due in court later Wednesday.

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