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Boydton man charged with murder in Wylliesburg shooting

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Akim Ryshon Simmons
SoVaNow.com / December 06, 2011
A 31 year old Boydton man has been charged with murder after a shooting Nov. 30 in Wylliesburg.

Akim Ryshon Simmons has been charged in the shooting death of Alphonso Gregory Watson Jr., of Chase City.

According to Capt. Howard Hobgood,of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, Simmons was at 1210 Roseland Road, Wylliesburg with a woman, when Watson arrived.

The woman, who was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, is the mother of Watson's 3-year-old child.

According to sheriff's reports, the woman asked Watson to leave. After he refused, a fight ensued between Simmons and Watson. Simmons left the home and got a gun from his vehicle.

Simmons went back in with the gun, telling Watson to leave. According to sheriff's reports, when Watson refused, Simmons shot him once in the back of the neck.

By the time deputies arrived on the scene, about 11 p.m., Simmons had fled.

According to the sheriff's office, Watson was still alive when officers arrived on the scene. Rescue personnel were called, but Watson died before they arrived.

While deputies were investigating the shooting, Simmons called the home and Hobgood was able to convince Simmons to turn himself in.

Simmons is currently being held without bond in Charlotte County. He is charged with first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5.

Watson is the son of Alphonso Gregory Watson Sr. and Lucille Russell Watson. He is a 2000 graduate of Bluestone Senior High School and a member of Silone Baptist Church in Chase City.

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