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Manhunt ends in Richmond, accused murderer surrenders to new police chief

Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-20 06:45:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—Just a little over a month on the job and Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic is helping close murder cases in another state—well sorta.

On Tuesday 32-year-old Marcus Royal, wanted for murder, walked into the Richmond Police headquarters at 200 W. Grace Street.

Royal happened upon Chief Tarasovic and handed the chief his identification, saying he was wanted in Florida for murder.

Royal, a registered sex offender, was released from jail on Saturday. He had been incarcerated on the charge of driving on a suspended license.  On Sunday, Royal entered the home of an elderly woman, brutally attacked her and then murdered here. The 81-year-old  was leaving for church, reports News 13.

Police have said that she was assaulted so badly that she was almost decapitated.

Also caught in the rampage was her next door neighborhood, who attempted to intervene. He is alive, but fighting for survival reports News 13.

Chief Tarasovic has no comment at this time. Florida investigators are en route to Richmond.

You can read more about this story here, on News 13, or click on the video above for Jon Burkett's full report.