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Man charged with first-degree murder awaiting extradition to Va.

April 15, 2012
  • James Melvin Smith
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man charged with first-degree murder was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Sunday, awaiting extradition to Orange County, Va., according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

James Melvin Smith, 43, was being held, as a fugitive, without bond, as well as on a $50,000 bond for an outstanding Virginia warrant, according to the jail. A staff member at the jail said Smith was incarcerated there on Saturday.

Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police questioned Smith about a murder, the news release states. The release did not state where in West Virginia Smith was apprehended.

The news release stated it was an update on the murder of James Oliver Weaver.

According to a published report from The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., the body of Weaver, 84, was found Thursday in his Orange County home. An autopsy report indicated Weaver died of blunt-force trauma to the head, according to www.dailyprogress.com.

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The Virginia State Police registry of sex offenders stated that Smith was convicted of rape in Blair County, Pa., in 1994, and that the victim was a minor. The website also listed him as being wanted.

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