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Primary suspect in Martinsville murder arrested with four others

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HENRY COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Five suspects, including one who was wanted for the first degree murder of 55-year-old Curtis "Duke" Pritchett, were arrested Thursday. 

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Dwayne Lampkins, AKA "Weed", was arrested at a mobile home at 45 Kimway Drive in the Axton area of Henry County. Lampkins faces charges of first degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held without bond in the Henry County Jail. 

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These charges are the result of the investigation into an incident at 250 Price Hairston Lane in Martinsville on Sunday, March 15. 

The Henry County Sheriff's Office said during the course of the investigation, deputies found that an argument ensued between Pritchett, Dwayne Lampkins and Avery Lampkins, 28, of Ridgeway.

The next day, March 16, Avery Lampkins turned himself in at the Henry County Magistrate's Office around 11:30 a.m. Arrest warrants for first degree murder, use of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were served on him.

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Deputies also arrested 26-year-old Kevin Preston of Axton the day after the shooting. He faces one count of accessory to a homicide after the fact.

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In addition to Dwayne Lampkins' arrest, several people were also charged with being an accessory after the fact to first degree murder Thursday.

Albert Patrick Bowman, 30 of Martinsville was being held without bond in the Henry County Jail. Telvin Oshea Hairston, 22 of Axton, was being held on a secured $5,000 bond in the Henry County Jail. Kierra Rishena Phillips, 20 of Axton, was being held on a secured $5,000 bond in the Henry County Jail. Nicholas Laffeanio Gallant, 27 of Martinsville, was being held on a secured $5,000 bond in the Henry County Jail.

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This investigation is ongoing and anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.