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2 men indicted in 2018 murder on Richmond's southside

Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 18:08:46-04

RICHMOND, VA. -- Two men have been indicted on murder charges in connection to a murder in South Richmond in 2018.

On October 7, a grand jury indicted both Jovonta E. Rony and Javante Staten for first-degree murder in the death of Rolando D. Williams, Jr.

On October 22, 2018, officers responded to a call for a person shot off of the 400 block of Melmark Court off of Midlothian Turnpike. Once on scene, police found Williams suffering from a gunshot wound.

The 24-year-old was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Staten was already incarcerated at the Powhatan Correctional Center, and will be served with his indictment.

“Detective Wigfall continues to work on his open Major Crimes cases. His perseverance and dedication over the past two years led to this significant development and hopefully justice for the family of Mr. Williams,” said Major Crimes Captain James Laino.