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February 21, 2017

Murder defendant says he shot the victim 3 times

Click above to watch WRC-TV Channel 4’s report on Turkey Run Road murder.
Murder defendant Richard T. MacDonald said he wanted Larry Walker to leave early Sunday morning, when the fatal confrontation took place.
Photo/Fauquier sheriff’s office
Fauquier sheriff’s investigators gather evidence outside the house where the killing took place Sunday.
The man charged with a murder near Warrenton early Sunday morning told sheriff’s deputies that he shot the victim three times, according to the arrest document.

Richard Turner MacDonald, 64, faces a second-degree murder charge.

Mr. MacDonald allegedly killed a Turkey Run Road neighbor, Larry Walker, 56, before dawn Feb. 19.

Dispatched at 4:59 a.m., Fauquer sheriff’s deputies arrived to find Mr. Walker on the bloody kitchen floor of the defendant’s home.

“There is evidence showing that the body had been moved in or around the residence,” Detective J.S. “Strick” Payne wrote in a search warrant affidavit.

“Richard (MacDonald) advised he was trying to get the victim to leave his residence when he became involved in a physical altercation with him,” Detective Cory Ashby wrote in the arrest warrant. “Richard advised while fighting Larry (Walker), Larry presented his firearm and they struggled over the gun.

“Richard advised Larry was shot and fell to the ground. Richard advised he then picked up the gun and shot Larry two (2) times in his back.

“Richard advised Larry was still moving prior to him shooting him twice.”

Medics pronounced Mr. Walker dead at the scene. He suffered “multiple gunshot wounds,” Detective Ashby wrote in the criminal complaint.

Sheriff’s investigators recovered a .38-caliber pistol, four shell casings, two bullet fragments and a bullet, among other items, at the scene, according to a court document.

“It is known that there were other people at the residence during the night and early morning hours” Sunday, Detective Payne wrote in his affidavit.

The defendant and the victim, who lived a quarter-mile apart on the dead-end road southeast of Warrenton, had known one another for decades.

WRC-TV’s Julie Carey reported Monday night that Mr. MacDonald rented the house at 5442 Turkey Run Road from Mr. Walker’s parents.

The victim’s car sat in Mr. MacDonald’s driveway when deputies arrived, according to Detective Payne.

The state medical examiner’s office in Manassas performed an autopsy Monday, but the results remained unavailable Tuesday, Sgt. James Hartman said.

Mr. MacDonald, who remains in the county jail, will appear Wednesday in Fauquier County General District Court.

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