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Two charged in conspiracy to commit murder



RICHMOND – On August 24, 2009 at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Virginia State trooper patrolling Interstate 95 in Caroline County was sent to investigate a citizen’s call about a pedestrian walking on the road. The trooper was called to the 105.5 mile marker just north of the Carmel Church exit. 

         When the trooper arrived on scene, the trooper discovered the 20-year-old victim of Doswell, Va., stabbed in the stomach, side and back.  The victim told the trooper he had been on a break from work at the Denny’s restaurant near King’s Dominion in Hanover County. While on break, two men assaulted him and threw him in the trunk of their car and proceeded northbound on I-95. The victim managed to unlock the trunk and rolled out of the vehicle onto the roadway. The victim provided a description and through other investigative leads, two potential suspects were identified and their identities were verified by the victim.  

         Through the exhaustive investigative work by the trooper and special agents with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Richmond Field Office, on the afternoon of Thursday, August 27, 2009, a search warrant was executed at a home in Doswell, Va. With evidence obtained from that search warrant, Otha B. Holden III, 19 and a 16-year-old male who is not being identified because of his age, were arrested on charges of:

  • Abduction
  • Aggravated Malicious Wounding
  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in Hanover County.

The victim is still recovering from his injuries at a Richmond area hospital. The two males are being held in jail without bond. The investigation is still on-going. 

The Caroline and Hanover Sheriff’s Departments have also provided assistance in this case.


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