Charlottesville Police Continue Search For Murder Suspect

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

June 22, 2007

Charlottesville police are following several leads, trying to close the case on the city's first murder of the year.

Police say Jason Marshman shot and killed William Herndon off Hardy Drive in Charlottesville Thursday.

Marshman has a violent, lengthy record. He is a convicted felon in Virginia and New York.

Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo says the most important thing at this point is to apprehend the suspect. Longo says police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened that night.

Neighborhood watch distributed fliers to people who live in Minor Hill Manor Homes in Albemarle County warning residents about Marshman. Chief Longo says the fact that neighborhoods are grasping on to this and saying this is important is a positive sign.

Marshman was free on bond when Herndon was murdered. Longo says releasing Marshman on bond was a decision made on the judicial level, and whether it is fair or not fair is not for him to say. He says it is concerning when someone with a criminal history such as Marshman's is back out on the streets, particularly when something tragic like this occurs in the aftermath.

The Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney says Marshman was scheduled to appear in a Charlottesville court earlier this week, to set a trial date for two indictments, one for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and another for obstruction of justice. The Commonwealth Attorney said in his experience, the bond set for those charges was fair, and consistent with what he has seen in the past.

Marshman is facing a first degree murder charge. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous. They say if you see him, do not approach him; call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

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