Man whose body was found in ditch died from gunshot; suspect arrested in N.Y.

Man whose body was found in ditch died from gunshot; suspect arrested in N.Y.

LOUISA, Va. (WWBT) - The Louisa and Powhatan sheriff’s offices, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, say a man was arrested in New York on charges in Virginia after a man’s body was found in a Louisa ditch.

A team of detectives from the Powhatan and Louisa sheriff’s offices, and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, tracked down 23-year-old Terell Bailey’s roommate, 25-year-old Anthony Davenport, across state lines to try to bring justice to the devastated family.

"It's been the longest 10 days, but just to know that justice is being served, it makes it a little more peaceful," said Tiffany Bailey, Terell’s mother.

Terell Bailey's body was found two days after he was reported missing.
Terell Bailey's body was found two days after he was reported missing. (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

Bailey’s body was found abandoned in a ditch along a 1800 block of East Green Springs Road in Louisa, two days after he was reported missing by his father.

"I tried texting him,” said Tracy Bailey, Terell’s father. “I never received a text back or phone call. So later that day, I kind of figured something was wrong."

Bailey’s remains were discovered by a property worker who called police. The Richmond Medical Examiner’s Office confirms that Bailey was shot in his torso.

“He was just a kindhearted and forgiving person. He was very kindhearted,” said Tiffany Bailey.

Bailey and Davenport shared a rented Powhatan home with a third roommate, according Powhatan Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cerullo.

Cerullo said that over a week before Bailey disappeared, a third roommate reported that Davenport severely beat him with a bat, accusing him of stealing $15.

That roommate survived, but then Bailey went missing days later.

After Bailey's body was found, detectives gathered enough evidence to take out a murder warrant against Davenport, purposely keeping tight-lipped on the case.

“That’s why we needed the secrecy,” said Major Donald Lowe of Louisa County. "If (Davenport) knew that we were looking at him, he would have been much much more difficult to locate and arrest.”

Anthony J. Davenport, 25, was wanted on charges of murder in Louisa County and malicious wounding and robbery in Powhatan County.
Anthony J. Davenport, 25, was wanted on charges of murder in Louisa County and malicious wounding and robbery in Powhatan County. (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

Investigators tracked Davenport to a relative’s home in Poughkeepsie, New York. Officers raided the house and arrested Davenport, on June 27.

Davenport is now in jail in New York, awaiting extradition back to Virginia later this month, where he’ll face a murder charge out of Louisa County, along with felony robbery and malicious wounding charges out of Powhatan. His extradition hearing is set for July 15.

Detectives are also asking the public for any information on a silver 2003 Ford Taurus driven by Davenport, that may have been in Louisa on June 18 and 19.

A 2003 Ford Taurus believed to be connected to the crime.
A 2003 Ford Taurus believed to be connected to the crime. (Source: Louisa County Sheriff's Office)

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