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Chesterfield men charged with murdering a man in Richmond home

Posted at 4:02 PM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 16:41:25-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police arrested two Chesterfield men and charged them in the murder of Maurice Watson-Bey.

Watson-Bey, described by police as a man in his 40s, was found dead inside a home on Byswick Lane in South Richmond, on February 2, 2021.

Michael Harris, 58, of Chesterfield, and Lamel Smith, 35, of North Chesterfield were both been charged with murder, assault during the commission of a felony, statutory burglary, and attempted robbery.

Police were called to the Byswick Lane home at about 11:42 p.m. for the report of an assault.

No information was released about the suspects' relationship to Watson-Bey nor a motive for the violence.

Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Detective P. Ripley at 804 646-0423 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

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Michael Harris of Chesterfield and Lamel Smith of North Chesterfield.