ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More than two years after a double homicide took place in southeast Roanoke, a Vinton man was convicted of murder charges last month.

According to the Roanoke Police Department and Roanoke City Circuit Court records, officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Drive SE shortly after 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2020 for a wellbeing check in connection with an abduction.

When police arrived at the scene, they found 42-year-old April Barnicoat of Roanoke, as well as 44-year-old Eric Surface of Salem, dead inside the home.

Over the course of this homicide investigation, authorities say they identified then-23-year-old William R. Ray of Vinton — who knew both victims — as a person of interest.

Ray was then taken into custody on July 31, 2020 after he confessed to the crimes at the police department, according to search warrants previously obtained by WFXR News.

The documents also show that Ray claimed he was “abducted by several suspects” on the same day that Barnicoat and Surface were found dead, but authorities did not find evidence or surveillance supporting his allegations.

Officials say the Roanoke City grand jury indicted Ray on two counts of first-degree murder on Aug. 3, 2020.

Nearly 20 months later, on March 29, police say Ray was found guilty of both counts of first-degree murder.

According to court records, Ray’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 19.

“We commend the actions of the Roanoke Police Officers and Detectives who were involved in this case from the beginning. Their quick actions, dedication and hard work brought justice for a grieving family and held a violent offender responsible for his actions,” the Roanoke Police Department posted on Facebook on Monday, April 11. “We also want to thank personnel from our Commonwealth Attorney’s Office who worked with us and our community diligently on this case, leading to this successful prosecution.”