Suspect in deadly Pittsylvania County shooting now charged with first-degree murder


Telvin Hairston is now facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with the alleged shooting death of an 82-year-old woman, according to the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.


The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has released an update in a weekend shooting that hurt three people.

According to authorities, 82-year-old Margie Watkins of Axton died as a result of her injuries during the shooting.

We’re told her body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

The sheriff’s office said charges are pending.

Another shooting victim was released from the hospital, and the other remains in the ICU, according to authorities.

The investigation remains ongoing.


Martinsville police said 31-year-old Telvin Hairston of Martinsville faces three counts of malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with this incident.

Hairston also faces one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of armed burglary and is currently held in jail with no bond.

Detectives said the incident happened over domestic relations.


On Saturday just before 3 p.m., the Pittsylvania County 911 Center said they received reports of several people having been shot in the 2800 block of Sandy River Road in Axton.

When the deputies with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office arrived, they found three adult victims with gunshot wounds.

Those three people were flown to area hospitals for treatment, according to officials.

The suspect, identified as Telvin Hairston, 31, of Martinsville, was arrested in Henry County a short time later.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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