Cause of death released in Henry County homicide

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Henry County Sheriff’s Office said Friday, Feb. 21, that the Medical Examiner’s Office for the Western District of Virginia determined Krystal Anne McReynolds’ cause of death to be a gunshot wound. Her unborn child also died. The medical examiner said the death was due to “maternal trauma.”

Thomas Christopher McDowell has been charged with second degree murder of Krystal Anne McReynolds, who was shot in the face just before 10 p.m. on Feb. 18. He is also charged with use of a firearm during the commission of murder.

The Commonwealth’s Attorney Office and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are “working together to determine any additional charges or upgraded charges in relation to the death of the unborn child,” according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

According to search warrants obtained at the Henry County General District Court, responding officers arrived at a residence located on 60 Fourth Street and located Reynolds on the porch with a gunshot wound to the face. A lieutenant spoke with McReynolds before rescue units arrived. When asked who shot her, McReynolds identified the shooter as McDowell, as well as identifying him through a photograph obtained by the lieutenant, the warrant said.

The bullet traveled through McReynold’s left cheek and lodged in her right lateral side of her neck area, the warrant said.

The relationship between the suspect and the victim is unknown.

McDowell has prior criminal history, including intent to commit larceny or assault, possession of weapon capable of death/injury by prisoner, and violation of probation in Floyd County.

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