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Man charged in connection with Danville murder

Ladarius Jeffries is charged in connection with the murder of Melvin Smith.
Ladarius Jeffries is charged in connection with the murder of Melvin Smith. (WSLS)

DANVILLE, Va. – Authorities have charged a man in connection with a recent Danville murder.

The Danville Police Department, along with the Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney, charged 29-year-old Ladarius Jeffries, of Danville, in connection with the March 4 murder of Melvin Smith.

Jeffries faces one count of second-degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Danville City Jail.

Police arrested Jeffries on March 4 for an outstanding probation violation and he’s been in jail since then, according to Danville police.

Police arrived at the 300 block of Summit Road for a shots fired call at 6:40 a.m. on March 4. Officers found Smith in the front yard of his house with a gunshot wound, according to Danville police. EMS personnel pronounced Smith dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.


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