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Second degree murder alleged in shooting

SoVaNow.com / June 05, 2013


William Raye Matthews, 39 of Boydton, died Thursday night from injuries inflicted by a single gunshot wound. Charged with second degree murder in the incident is 24-year-old Michael Toone of Baskerville. He is currently being held at the Meherrin River Regional Jail under no bond.

According to Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Whittemore, at approximately 6:00 p.m. on May 30 the Mecklenburg County Emergency Operations Center received several reports of a shooting near the intersection of Wilkerson Road and Skipwith Road in Boydton.

The Boydton Life Station and Boydton Fire Department responded to the calls, along with Sheriff’s deputies. An attempt was made to life-flight Matthews to Duke Medical Center, but his condition was too unstable. Instead, he was transported to the Community Memorial Healthcenter emergency room in South Hill where he died from his injuries.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Bobby Hawkins said, “I would like to express my condolences to the family and commend my staff for their professionalism and job performance during this incident, and thank the Boydton Life Station and the Boydton Fire Department for their assistance during this difficult incident.”

Deputy Jaime King, who is handling the investigation, asks that anyone with additional information regarding this shooting to please contact him at 434-374-6171.

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