UPDATE: Police charge Martinsville man with murder following Danville’s first homicide of 2021

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UPDATE 9:44 a.m.: A Martinsville man is facing a murder charge after being accused of attacking a Danville cab driver who was found dead Sunday night.

According to the Danville Police Department, investigators believe 47-year-old James Edward Fultz IV got a ride in a cab and then cut or stabbed the driver at some point during the fare.

Police say the driver — identified as 51-year-old Wendy Harris of Danville — died at the scene. However, Harris reportedly had no known connection to Fultz. 

Fultz left the area before police arrived, but the department says investigators developed him as a suspect, tracked him down to a location on Temple Avenue, and arrested him following a brief foot chase.

According to authorities, Fultz has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at the Danville City Jail in connection with Harris’ death.

Police say they also charged Fultz with the robbery of Carter’s Quick Shoppe at 3103 West Main Street from Dec. 27, 2020. 

The department is set to hold a H.E.A.R.T. walk at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, in the area where the incident took place.

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Police in Danville are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2021 after a female was found dead along Gay Street Sunday night.

According to the Danville Police Department, officers were called to the 500 block of Gay Street for a medical emergency shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10.

However, when they arrived at the scene, police say they found a dead female “suffering from an apparent wound.”

The department says the body of the victim — who will not be identified until her family has been notified — will be brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Sunday’s incident marks the first homicide of the year in the River City, according to Danville

Anyone with information to assist with this ongoing homicide investigation is asked to contact Danville Crimestoppers by calling (434) 793-0000 — which may make you eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 — or by using the online crime tips line.

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