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UPDATE: Louisa Man Charged in Orange County Homicide

April 13, 2012


The Orange County Sheriff's Department charged James Melvin Smith with first-degree murder late Friday night.

Police say Smith, 43 from Louisa, killed 84-year-old James Oliver Weaver, whose lifeless body was found at his Orange County home on Thursday.

Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with West Virginia State Police, questioned Smith about his involvement in the murder. Smith was found in West Virginia earlier Friday afternoon.

Smith is currently being held in the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., awaiting extradition back to Orange County.


The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports the Louisa man wanted for questioning in the death of 84-year-old James Oliver Weaver has been apprehended.

James Melvin Smith, 43, was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Charles Town, WV. On top of being a person of interest in the homicide investigation, Smith was wanted for forgery and fraud in Orange County.

His Chevy SUV was also located. Authorities say the homicide investigation is still ongoing.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office reports it is investigating a homicide. They say 84-year-old James Oliver Weaver was found dead in his home in the 23600 block of Monrovia Road in the Thornhill area of the county on Thursday.

Initial autopsy reports show he received fatal injuries to the head due to blunt force trauma.

Authorities are looking for 43-year-old James Melvin Smith, of Louisa. He is wanted for questioning in connection to the homicide. He is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, 5'8" tall and approximately 185 pounds.

The sheriff's office is also looking for Smith's white, 1994 Chevy SUV with license plate XAV9046. They say the SUV has a tire mounted on the rear and is believed to have a John Deere decal on the back glass.

Smith is currently wanted on felony fraud and forgery charges in Orange County. Smith is also listed on the state sex offender registry after being convicted of rape of a minor in Pennsylvania in 1994.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 540-672-1200.

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