Prosecutor considering death penalty in Blackstone murders

Brian Jones and Jasmine Morrison
Brian Jones and Jasmine Morrison

BLACKSTONE, VA (WWBT) - Nottoway Commonwealth's Attorney is considering seeking the death penalty in a Blackstone double murder case.

Clyde Armstrong, 33, is accused of killing Brian Jones and his pregnant girlfriend Jasmine Morrison on July 4. Commonwealth Attorney Tom Bledsoe said Friday capital murder indictments will be forthcoming in the case.

Armstrong was initially arrested for child endangerment, drug distribution, possession, and weapons charges. The bodies of Jones and Morrison were found in their home on Pickett Court with multiple gunshot wounds.

Court documents describe the scene police found inside the home. Jones was found on the kitchen floor lying "in a puddle of blood" with bullet casings nearby. Morrison was found on the floor of the master bedroom also lying "in a puddle of blood."

According to the papers, one victim had four gunshot wounds and items seized near the bodies "support drug-related offenses." Things like a "book bag with green plant material" and cash are listed on the evidence inventory.

Affidavits filed in Henrico court show a citizen came forward saying on July 2, he and Jones did a drug deal with Armstrong. The informant says Armstrong "fronted" them a 1/4 pound of pot and expected to be paid. Then, a day later and a day before the bodies were found, he says he heard Armstrong threaten Jones.

Inside Armstrong's Richmond Cool Lane home, authorities seized a book bag and shoe box with marijuana, cash, baggies and scales.

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