HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - The case surrounding the murder of a Hopewell veteran and taxi driver will go before a grand jury Tuesday. Two suspects face first degree murder charges, but those could be upgraded.
Prosecutors will decide whether to press capital charges against the two suspects - 19-year-old Alisa Dejesus and the father of her baby, 20-year-old Dyshawn Simpson - in the death of James Wells.
Prosecutor say that Dejesus and Simpson were getting a ride from Wells from Hopewell but never intended to pay. The plan was to just jump out of the car, but attorneys say Simpson panicked and stabbed Wells.
Dejesus began riding around while Wells was injured in the back. They ended up pulling over by the national Battlefield Park in Mechanicsville. Simpson then allegedly set James on fire using newspapers that were in the van and a road flare.
Both suspects ran off through the woods on foot.
Prosecutors say Dejesus and Simpson admitted to the crime. Their attorney says it wasn't planned.