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Arrest made in Mathews homicide

Chad C. Whitmore, 21, of Newport News, has been charged with first-degree murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in connection with the death of Steven Allen Eary of Mathews.

Whitmore was taken into custody on Tuesday at the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release issued by the office. He was transported to the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center and held without bond.

The charges are related to an incident that occurred on May 4 in which the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office received two 911 calls advising of an altercation and shots fired in the 2600 block of Ridgefield Road.

Callers advised that two victims had been shot and one was unconscious.

Sheriff’s office and rescue squad personnel arrived and found Eary suffering from a single gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim was treated for a grazed shoulder wound and released. ...

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