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UPDATE: Husband charged with murder
In shooting death of wife
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David Leon Mitchell

Friday, February 1, 2013

David Leon Mitchell, 64, of 224 Bittersweet Drive in Bassett, was charged Friday with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Winn.

Linda Sue Mitchell, 57, of the same address, died Thursday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., two days after she was found in her home with what Sheriff Lane Perry said was an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The preliminary results of an autopsy performed Friday at the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke verified that the cause of death was a gunshot wound, Winn said.

Initially, David Leon Mitchell was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the case, both felonies, police said.

The charges were changed Friday. In addition to the murder charge, he was charged with use of a firearm in commission of murder, Winn said.

Mitchell is being held in the county jail with no bond, Winn added.

Following is the earlier story in Friday's edition:

A Bassett woman who was shot Tuesday night died on Thursday afternoon, according to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Linda Sue Mitchell, 57, of 224 Bittersweet Drive in Bassett, died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., according to Henry County Sheriff’s Maj. Ricky Walker.

Her husband, David Leon Mitchell, 64, of the same address, previously was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in the case, according to a Henry County Sheriff’s Office news release. Both charges are felonies, it added.

He is being held in the county jail with no bond, authorities have said.

Walker stated that the sheriff’s office had consulted with the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and no decision had been made about charges as a result of Linda Mitchell’s death.

The shooting was reported to the E911 Dispatch Center around 11:14 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office release stated. Officers responded and found Linda Mitchell lying on a bedroom floor to the right of the bed in the Mitchells’ home on Bittersweet Drive, court documents stated.

She had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head, Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry said Wednesday.

Mitchell first was taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and then airlifted to Baptist Medical Center, where she had been in critical condition.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 638-8751 or the Crime Stoppers Program at 632-7463. The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards up to $1,000 for information related to crimes.

 

 
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