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Two charged with murder in connection with body found in Stafford
Two area men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting of a man whose remains were recovered in the White Oak area of Stafford last week.
William Joseph Hughes, 44, of Mickelson Lane in Stafford and Stuart Lee Sullivan, 49, of North Jenny Lynn Road in Stafford were arrested Friday evening, Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said. Both are also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
They are charged with the slaying of Jason Plaster, whose remains were unearthed March 21 on property at 881 Belle Plains Road. Kennedy said Plaster was reported missing by his family in July 2007. Police conducted an “exhaustive” search for him at the time, Kennedy said, but were unable to find him. Plaster was 31 when he was reported missing.
Plaster’s remains were found following a week-long digging operation that began following a March 15 drug raid at 881 Belle Plains Road. Paul Dennis Benzie, 58, was arrested on multiple charges involving methamphetamines and is still being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
During the raid, police got information about a possible homicide and began searching the property. They found the remains and sent them to the chief medical examiner’s office in Richmond for positive identification and cause of death.
Kennedy said the victim died from gunshot wounds. He added that more charges are possible.
Kennedy said he could not answer any questions about the investigation, including the motive for the shooting or the relationship between the victim and the suspects.
Hughes was arrested at his job on Cambridge Street at 7 p.m., Kennedy said. Sullivan was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office about an hour earlier. Both men are being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
“Due to the sensitive and ongoing nature of this case, no additional information will be released at this time,” Kennedy said. He added that more details might be released in the coming week.
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