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Slaying probe results in misdemeanor arrests

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By KEITH EPPS

The investigation into the early Sunday slaying of 28-year-old Rodney D. Beanum Jr. hasn’t yet turned up a suspect, but it has already resulted in two misdemeanor arrests in Fredericksburg.

Travon D. Thomas, 23, and Delante L. White, 22, both of Fredericksburg were charged with obstruction of justice following interviews with Detective Wayne Hunnicutt Sunday, police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

Bledsoe said both are accused of providing false information during the homicide investigation. She would not say what that false information was or whether the two were present at the slaying.

Both men were released on $2,500 bonds and have arraignments set for Dec. 10 in Fredericksburg General District Court.

Beanum was found dead about 2:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Howard Avenue in the Mayfield subdivision. Bledsoe said neighbors reported being awakened by the sound of gunfire and saw several figures running from the scene.

Beanum was shot several times, including shots to the head and the body. He was dead at the scene. Witnesses reported hearing at least 10 shots.

Thomas, White and Beanum have all been arrested on drug-related charges in recent years, but Bledsoe said police don’t yet know what led to the Beanum slaying. Beanum was known to some of his friends as “King Tweezy,” according to Facebook postings.

Anyone with information about his slaying is asked to call Hunnicutt at 540/654-5753 or city police at 540/373-3122. Bledsoe said callers can remain anonymous.

It was the first homicide in Fredericksburg in more than a year. Armando Escobar, 43, was stabbed to death on July 25, 2012, in a homeless camp beyond the end of Roffman Road known as “La Montana.”

A man was arrested in the Escobar slaying, but the charges were later dropped because of insufficient evidence. That case remains unsolved.

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