Christiansburg man found guilty of murder, other charges after 2020 Salem shooting; scheduled for sentencing

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — A Christiansburg man was found guilty on Wednesday for a number of charges — including murder — after a 2020 shooting in Salem that resulted in a man’s death.

Police say dispatch received a call shortly before 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, 2020 about a man being shot at the Lakeside Plaza shopping center in Salem.

The victim — identified as 27-year-old Rico A. Turner of Bedford — was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, but according to officials, he died later that night.

As a result of Turner’s death, Zane Chandler Christian of Christiansburg was charged by the Salem Police Department with felony murder, malicious wounding, reckless handling of a firearm, and three counts of child neglect.

The Blacksburg Police Department also worked with the Salem Police Department due to a connection between Christian and a carjacking that happened near the Virginia Tech campus on Nov. 9, 2020.

According to the U.S. Marshals, information was developed that Christian had fled to the area of Charleston, West Virginia. With assistance from the U.S. Marshals Task Force, Christian was quickly arrested in Ravenswood, West Virginia, without incident on Nov. 10, 2020.

Christian had been scheduled for trial on Nov. 3 on charges of first-degree murder and other crimes related to the fatal shooting of Turner.

However, on Wednesday, Oct. 13, Christian appeared in Salem Circuit Court and entered pleas of no contest to second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Christian was found guilty and is set to be sentenced on Jan. 27, 2022.

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