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More arrests in Mayfield homicide
UPDATE: The fourth suspect, John Edwin Pegram II, has been arrested and is en route to be interviewed by Fredericksburg police, according to spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.
The list of suspects in a November Mayfield homicide keeps growing.
Fredericskburg Police announced today that, along with one previous arrest, two more suspects have been taken into custody on first-degree murder and robbery charges. A fourth suspect, however, remains at large.
Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said authorities are looking for John Edwin Pegram II, 23, who is known to frequent the Richmond area, which is where his last known address is. He has been charged with first-degree murder and robbery.
Wesley Carlton Smith, 22, of Stafford County was the first to be arrested in the Nov. 24 slaying of 28-year-old Rodney Beanum Jr., who was shot repeatedly in the head and body at about 2:30 a.m. in the 1900 block of Howard Avenue in the Mayfield subdivision.
The motive for his slaying remains unclear. Smith was picked up in Stafford on Dec. 18 and turned over to Fredericksburg detectives. He faces first-degree murder and robbery charges. He faces a Jan. 2 preliminary hearing.
Lorenzo McKinley Jones, whose last known address is Clarksville, Tenn., and Dontae Washington, whose last known address is in Richmond, were arrested in the past week, according to Bledsoe.
The U.S. Marshals Service helped nab Jones, 19, who was arrested in Richmond on Dec. 19, Bledsoe said. Washington, 22, turned himself in to Richmond police on Dec. 21.
Anyone with information regarding Pegram’s whereabouts is asked to call Detective Wayne Hunnicutt at 540/654-5743 or city police at 540/373-3122.