Man wanted in connection with Henry County homicide turns himself in, authorities say

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(Photo: Courtesy Henry County Sheriff’s Office)

HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A man facing multiple charges — including murder — in connection with the death of another man in Henry County reportedly turned himself in to the authorities on Sunday night.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, word came in about person who had been shot in the parking lot at 950 Blackberry Road in Bassett at approximately 8:18 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Authorities say they arrived at the scene about five minutes later and found a man — identified as 41-year-old Lewis Javon Rumley from Fieldale — lying on the ground with at least one gunshot wound to the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office announced on Sunday, Nov. 21 that arrest warrants had been issued for 20-year-old Dewayne Euvonne Austin Jr. of Martinsville, for first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the homicide.

Officials tell WFXR News the investigation determined that Rumley agreed to meet with Austin at 950 Blackberry Road in Bassett. However, after both men got out of their vehicles, Austin reportedly shot Rumley.

According to authorities, Austin turned himself in at the Henry County Magistrate’s Office at approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, at which time the warrants for murder and use of a firearm were served against him.

The sheriff’s office says Austin is currently being held without bond in the Henry County Jail.

If you have any information about this homicide — which is still under investigation — you are still asked to call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. 

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