Teenager arrested for murder has felony past

Posted at 8:01 PM, Apr 24, 2012

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY (WTVR)—The teenager that Chesterfield Police arrested in connection with the death of 17-year-old Tre Walton has a criminal past.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Fordham was in Chesterfield County General District Court at 11:00 this morning.  A judge denied him bond and assigned a court-appointed attorney for charges that include use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Fordam is accused in the shooting death of 17-year old Manchester High School student Tre Walton last Sunday evening at the Genito Glen Apartments in Chesterfield.

Fordham also appeared before a judge at 2 p.m. in Chesterfield Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on first-degree murder charges.

According to court records, Fordham was convicted in 2010, of felony grand larceny.

He has also been charged with manufacturing drugs, gun possession, resisting arrest and destruction of property.

He’s being held at the Riverside Regional Jail until his next court appearances on June 5th and 20th.

Officers discovered Walton’s body in the breezeway of the Genito Glen Apartments along the 4000 block of Hailey Crescent Drive around 10:20 p.m. Sunday night. He was taken to Chippenham Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to a press release from the Chesterfield Police Department.

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Police tell CBS 6 this was not a random shooting, but the result of a dispute between two people who knew each other

Genito Glen Justin Murphy resident told CBS 6 one of his friends was approached by a man who asked the friend to tell Walton to come down and see him.

“He came downstairs and the guy was waiting in the back of the breezeway, and he shot him four times,” Murphy said. “My friend ran out the front of the breezeway to get away from him.”

Murphy said he knew Walton as well, and said he was a nice person.

“Every time I saw him he had a smile on his face,” Murphy added. “I don’t think he ever had any problems with anyone. I really hope that they find the person that did this, because [Wilton] was a very loyal, good guy. He didn’t deserve this.”

The manager at Genito Glen Apartments says they’ve never had anything like this happen before, and that it’s put neighbors on edge. She says they plan to hire security personnel after the incident.