Authorities Investigate Louisa County Murder

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

June 19, 2007

Police say that last night a family feud that started with an argument led to one man's death and one person behind bars.

Sheriff's deputies say a simple family visit ended up in murder. Right before 10 p.m. Monday, Louisa County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call at a home located at 1726 Bumpass Drive near Lake Anna.

They tell us 36-year-old David Wayne Martin of Louisa had gone to the home to visit some of his family.

"He had an altercation there with his sister and her husband, his brother-in-law, which got out of hand," said Maj. Donald Lowe with the Louisa County Sheriff's Department.

That's when deputies say 40-year-old James Elwood Ward, also of Louisa, took that altercation to another level

"Apparently during the altercation the brother-in-law got a hold of a .22 caliber handgun and shot Mr. Martin in the chest one time," said Lowe.

Not only was the crime scene on Bumpass Road, but also located on Bumpass Road is the Lake Anna Rescue Squad. Even with its close proximity, by the time they got there, Martin was already dead.

Deputies say both Ward and other witnesses to this murder are cooperating with the investigation.

Right now, they are still trying to figure out the specifics of that argument and what exactly would lead one man to kill his sister-in-law's brother.

"It appears that they had an ongoing dispute, and it just got overheated last night, and one thing led to another, and I know that the victim's sister tried to intervene and try to stop the fighting and it just got out of hand and unfortunately that's what happened," said Lowe.

Deputies say there seems to be history of these two men not getting along, but they are still investigating this murder. Ward is currently at Central Virginia Regional Jail. He has been charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He will stay behind bars until he goes before a judge for a bond hearing on Thursday, according to the Louisa County Sheriff's Department.

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