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Step-niece, boyfriend now charged in South Richmond woman’s murder

Posted at 7:10 PM, Apr 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-11 19:10:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- The case surrounding the death of Samantha Myers has taken another bizarre turn.

Richmond prosecutors said a multi-jurisdictional grand jury handed down new charges Wednesday against the suspects after investigators uncovered new evidence suggesting that Myer's stepsister, Yvette Hairston, did not kill the 20-year-old.

Instead, investigators believe that Hairston concealed Myers' body and destroyed the evidence.

Hairston's daughter Selena Hairston and boyfriend Jamarr Rodney Hursey, who initially had been charged as accomplices, now face first-degree murder charges as a result of this ongoing investigation.

Last month, police said Yvette Hairston confessed to killing Myers.

According to court records, Hairston told police she hid the body in a closet, and then disposed of it in the early morning hours on Feb. 28. Hairston also told detectives she researched online how to clean up blood -- and then headed to Walmart to buy the items to clean up the crime scene.

CBS 6 obtained the search warrant for the home at 1307 Evert Avenue.  Detectives took items that included an iPad, laptop, hammer, liquor bottle, cell phone and documents, which could be connected to the crime.

A passerby discovered Myers' body near a ravine off North Hopkins Road.  She was identified later.  The medical examiner said Myers died from blunt force trama to the head.

At the home where Myers lived, a sign stating RIP Sammy G, was her nickname, is written on the front door.

Neighbors are still in shock as they learn new details about the tragic events that allegedly transpired in the home.

"It's heart wrenching," said Mary, who lives next door.  "This seems to be more of a family type neighborhood.  And for that to happen here and knowing that there were children, younger children, it's just unbelievable."

Neighbors told CBS 6 that the people living the South Richmond home have since moved out.  And they say police are still considering it a crime scene.

There has been no word yet on when the three suspects will be arraigned on the new charges.

Stay with and CBS 6 News for updates on this important local story.