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Amherst Co. Sheriff: ‘An 81-year-old woman in her own home, harming no one, this is a totally senseless crime’

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Posted at 8:13 AM, Jan 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-24 08:36:27-05

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. – Investigators arrested 43-year old Edward Marshall on Friday for the home invasion that resulted in a homicide. The incident occurred in the 100 block of Martins Lane in Madison Heights, Virginia.

On Jan. 22, 81-year-old Norma Jean Freeman and her son 63-year-old Allen Freeman Jr.  were brutally assaulted in their home after their residence was entered by an intruder, according to investigators.

After regaining consciousness, the son, Allen Jr. was able to call a relative, who called 911.  Both victims were transported to Lynchburg General Hospital Emergency Department.

Mrs. Freeman, the mother, later died from her injuries while Allen Jr. is considered in critical condition. Allen Jr. and his mother both suffered injuries from blunt force trauma.

Edward Marshall (SOURCE: Amherst County Sheriff's Office)

Edward Marshall (SOURCE: Amherst County Sheriff’s Office)

Marshall is charged with Burglary and Grand Larceny, after initially being arrested for Grand Larceny and probation violations from another jurisdiction.

Charges regarding the death of Mrs. Freeman are under review. Lab analysis of evidence submitted is pending.

“When you look at the victims and their injuries, it’s a horrendous crime to have occurred in our community, or any community. An 81-year-old female in her own home, harming no one, this is a totally senseless crime,” said Sheriff L.J. Ayers III in a press release.

Anyone who has information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is confidential.