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Four indicted for attempted murder, robbery in shootout

South Boston News / September 02, 2020

Four suspects have been indicted by a grand jury on 31 charges each, arising from a failed home invasion in Skipwith in March that ended with a shootout with local police and the fatal wounding of a fifth suspect.

Emily Spencer of Chase City, Jack Marshall Heverin of Virgilina, Jonathan Watson of Chase City and Zaquan Deelontae Meadows of South Boston were indicted by a Mecklenburg County grand jury Aug. 17. Each has been charged with six counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, eight counts of malicious wounding, 12 counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of attempted second degree murder, two counts of burglary, one count of robbery, and one count of possession of burglary tools, for a total of 31 charges against each defendant.

Indictments are not findings of guilt, but rather a determination by the grand jury that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to bring cases to trial.

No charges were filed against a fifth suspect, Dakota Wayne Yancey of South Boston, who died from wounds received in a gunfire exchange with law enforcement officers as they intervened to stop the robbery.

The grand jury indictments were sealed until the defendants were served. The four suspects are currently incarcerated at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Brunswick County.

The charges stemmed from an incident that took place March 16, at a residence on Skipwith Road. Sheriff’s deputies received information on Sunday, March 15 that a possible home invasion was set to take place overnight. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16, Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the residence where they encountered four male suspects.

When MCSO officers interrupted the robbery as it was taking place, the suspects opened fire on the officers, according to law enforcement officials.

Two of the suspects, including Yancey, were struck by bullets during the ensuing shootout with police. Two other male suspects fled the scene on foot but were apprehended a short distance away by deputies and Virginia State Troopers.

No members of law enforcement were injured in the incident.

Officers have not said what role Spencer played in the thwarted break-in, although she faces the same charges as Heverin, Watson and Meadows who were all found at the scene.

Watson and Meadows were appointed counsel during a brief court hearing on Aug. 25, as was Heverin on Aug. 24. Spencer will be advised about her right to an attorney at a telephone conference set for Sept. 4. All four are scheduled to be back in Mecklenburg County Circuit Court on Sept. 21.

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Dakota was not shot by police please stop putting it that way in the articles , he was shot by one of the robbery suspects


This story is WRONG!! It's so much that's not being said. And everything that is being said are lies. The cops are lying too!! People know more than what's being reported and said...


Your right Janira I know because I'm a family member of the murdered victim even though that's nots what it says in the article but we were told he was not shot by police that one of the suspects did it before they arrived


I'm a family member of one of the suspects too and that is also not true. No one was shot before the police arrived...I was told exactly what happened that night.I've seen so many different stories and NONE of them are accurate and they all say different things. They need to do some more digging and get it right because the charges are not adding up to what actually happened.


Well that's what we were told , they also said he was found dead on the road and they never made it in the house


Wow!! That's crazy!! They never made it to the house even though reports say cops found them inside the house and no one was shot before the cops got there. I hope the truth comes out. So sorry that any of this happened smh


Yeah we were told they never made it to the house , we were also told that my family member was killed before they were on the scene but I don't know that's just what we were told , we have also been told someone wrote a note in jail telling what happened , yeah I miss him


None of what the article says is true. Clearly what the police are saying is false as you can tell in earlier comments that Dakota’s family members stated. Maybe as the families involved in this case should be working together to get the full story, seems like the
commonwealth is hiding something that they want to stay hidden.


Also appearantly one of the people involved rode by the murder victim's house daily prior to him getting killed also it has been said that they had threatened the family


Dakota was shot MULTIPLE times by POLICE.
The boys had pulled back and were not even on the property, actually walking the other way down the middle of the road and the POLICE did NOT identify themselves.
And where’s Nicole’s mugshot? Did she not also get 31 indictments? Hmmm


That's not what we were told we were told he was shot by a suspect , also we had open casket which we were told if police shot him they won't have been able to do so we were told a suspect shot him




Foremost, I am truly, very sorry for y’all loss of Dakota, he was close to my boys and was always sweet to me.
I would put my life on the line saying that’s the police covering their own tails for the way things went down. Why would they shoot their own brother?!! No no no.
They got it all twisted because those boys were ambushed.


Yes he was a sweet person he would help you anyway he could

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