LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A 16-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in a home invasion in Louisa County that left a man dead and his wife having to be airlifted to a hospital.
Police say the 16-year-old boy shot 82-year-old Roger Payne Jr. and 73-year-old Nancy Payne inside of their home, and then took off with their car in Gordonsville just after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Roger was killed.
Officers located the teenage suspect in Nelson County after authorities spotted him inside of the stolen car. He’s now charged with the following:
- 1st-degree murder
- Aggravated malicious wounding
- Armed robbery
- Breaking and entering to commit murder & robbery
According to the prosecutor, the teen lived next door to the couple and visited them frequently in the days leading up to the home invasion. The day before, he visited twice, saying his girlfriend was missing. He later came back, armed, to say she was found.
The teen then allegedly told the elderly couple get dressed, took all the phones from the house, and brought them to nearby train tracks, where he shot them.
Roger was shot in the face; Nancy put her hands up, which resulted in injuries to her hands and throat. Prosecutors believe that she survived by playing dead.
The teenager allegedly used a sawed-off shotgun in the crime.
A neighbor next door said that she cried when she found out about what happened, adding that she believes her son may have spotted the suspect just moments before the shooting took place.
“He saw him turn into that driveway walking up into the house,” Dolly Poindexter said.
The suspect was video conferenced into his arraignment on Tuesday afternoon at the Louisa County Courthouse. His father was present for the hearing.
“All I can say is I’m sorry to the family. As far as my son, all I can say is that I love him, and we just got to figure out what’s going on. I just don’t know what’s going on,” said Andre Dickerson, the father, outside of the Louisa County Courthouse.
Dickerson said that for the last few weeks, his son seemed different and that he had told his son’s parole officer.
“Last thing I remember, I left every morning and said 'I love you, I’ll see you this evening,” Dickerson recalled.
"It’s crazy, man. This is a quiet neighborhood through here. Everybody pretty much knows everybody and this is pretty shocking,” said Corey Ford, who lives in the area.
"I know people that live on Spotswood Trail, so I messaged them to make sure they were okay,” Janice Roof added.
"That person didn’t have to die. If you needed something out of the place, he should’ve just taken what he needed to and just let them be,” said Sgt. Chuck Love with the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.
This marks the fourth suspicious death in Louisa County this year.
"Since I've worked here for 15 years, we've never had this many,” Love added.
"I think violence can happen anywhere but it’s sad that happened here, and it’s unusual that it happened here,” Lauren Ball said.
As a community awaits more answers in the case, they're coming together to support that elderly woman and those closest to the victims.
"All of Louisa is thinking about them,” Roof added.
The Sheriff’s Office says Nancy Payne is headed to a second surgery for the injuries sustained.
Prosecutors say they are looking to the possibility of trying the teenage suspect as an adult, and his preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 26.
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