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Man charged with murder in Attkisson Truck case in Spotsylvania
By PORTSIA SMITH
A Caroline County man is charged in the Dec. 27 slaying of a man found dead at the Spotsylvania County truck sales company where he worked.
George Elwood Crenshaw, 45, is charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. A special grand jury in Spotsylvania Circuit Court indicted Crenshaw Tuesday.
The body of 61-year-old Mickey Wayne Jones was found behind the main office building of Attkisson Truck & Equipment Sales at 5921 Mallard Road in the Thornburg area.
Jones lived in a camper on the 26-acre property. William “Les” Attkisson, who owns the family-run business, said Jones was a jack-of-all-trades who had worked at the business for five years as a mechanic, but also did plumbing and drywall work at the office.
Jones’ co-workers found his body around 9 a.m. on Dec. 27 when they reported to work. It appeared that he died of a gunshot wound, police said.
“There were very few leads and this was truly a difficult case … ,” said Spotsylvania Sheriff Roger Harris.
The case went cold until authorities got a break with another case, Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pearce said.
Deputies responded to an alarm at a business in the Southpoint Center on Jan. 25 and discovered it had been broken into, Pearce said. Deputy M. Green and his tracking dog found Crenshaw hiding in an undisclosed location.
Crenshaw was arrested without incident and taken to the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Pearce said an investigation by a Spotsylvania crime analyst indicated that Crenshaw had recently pawned a firearm in Charlottesville that was similar to the weapon used in the Jones’ homicide. The pawned firearm was recovered by Charlottesville police detectives and was determined to have been stolen during a burglary in Caroline.
Detectives and analysts from Spotsylvania, Caroline and Charlottesville worked together to construct a timeline of the three incidents and determine Crenshaw’s whereabouts at those times, Pearce said.
Forensic testing matched the stolen weapon with the one used in the Jones case, Pearce said.
Based on a Feb. 11 interview with Crenshaw and evidence recovered at the scene of the shooting, authorities secured an indictment against him, Pearce said.
The captain declined to give additional details, but said the investigation of Crenshaw’s activities is continuing.
Pearce said authorities believe Jones was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He said Crenshaw was attempting to burglarize the business and may have been surprised to find Jones there.
Sheriff Harris praised the “teamwork and selfless determination” of officers from all three departments who tracked down the evidence that led to Crenshaw’s arrest.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419