Retired deputy, others continue to be held with no bond

Morse

David Lee Morse, 66, of Martinsville, continues to be held with no bond in connection with the May 13 death of a Henry County woman.

Morse, a retired deputy with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, was among four people facing multiple charges in connection with the May 13 death of Pamela S. Morse, 63, of Martinsville.

At approximately 7:52 a.m. that morning, Pamela Morses husband called 911 to report that he had just arrived home from work and discovered his wife deceased inside her home in the 1300 block of Wingfield Orchard Road, according to a release from the Virginia State Police.

The Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke later confirmed she died from a gunshot wound, the release stated.

Further investigation revealed several items had been stolen from the residence to include a 2010 Jeep Compass. The Jeep was recovered later on May 13, abandoned behind a home in Franklin County. Several firearms and other stolen items from the Morse home were located inside the stolen Jeep, the release stated.

With the assistance of Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Virginia State Police served the arrest warrants May 20 and May 21 on four people. All four were taken into custody without incident.

Morse was charged with first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the incident. He is being held in the Martinsville City Jail.

Three others also are being held with no bond. They are:

Russell

Collin Joshua Russell, 37, of Stuart, charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, use of a firearm in the commission of felony, grand larceny of a firearm and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. Russell is being held at the Patrick County Jail without bond.

Tanna Shelton Fitzgerald, 54, of Fieldale, who was charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. She is being held in the Henry County Jail.

Rogers

Casey Lynn Rogers, 27, of Meadows of Dan, was charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny of a firearm and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. She is being held in the Martinsville City Jail.

The investigation is ongoing by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office, in cooperation with the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney and Patrick County Sheriff’s Office have also assisted with the investigation.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said David Morse retired 11 years-ago. He declined additional comment.

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