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August 29, 2019

Murder suspect makes brief court appearance by video

Fauquier sheriff’s Det. Brandon Darr charged Daniel M. “Rudeboy” Farmer II with first-degree murder Wednesday.
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Staff Journalist
The defendant in this week’s first-degree murder of an 18-year-old Warrenton man made a brief appearance by video in Fauquier General District Court on Thursday morning.

Daniel Martin Farmer II’s hearing lasted about four minutes.

Mr. Farmer, 23, of Nokesville has until Thursday, Nov. 14 — his next court appearance — to get a defense lawyer.

He remains in the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond. Police arrested him Wednesday night in Prince William County.

Under questioning by Substitute Judge Allison E. Coppage, the defendant seemed uncertain whether he wanted a public defender or a private attorney to represent him.

Mr. Farmer told the court he earned $200 a week working for landscaping company and supports only himself.

He must meet financial criteria to qualify for free legal representation from the public defender’s office.

The defendant allegedly shot Lincoln Williams Jr. in the face Monday night outside the victim’s home at 5042 Old Auburn Road, about five miles east of Warrenton.

Lincoln Williams Sr. told investigators that his son named the assailant as “Rudeboy.” The father identified “Rudeboy” as Mr. Farmer.

Mr. Williams “was likely shot at close range,” according to the arrest warrant that sheriff’s Det. Brandon H. Darr obtained.

The victim’s father “indicated that his son had obtained a large amount of cocaine” on Monday, the investigator wrote.

At 9:45 p.m. Monday, Mr. Williams told his father that he was going to the Warrenton Walmart.

A review of Walmart video showed Mr. Williams in the store at about 10:10 p.m., leaving about 14 minutes later, according to the arrest warrant.

“Sources told law enforcement” that the victim had traveled to Walmart to “sell drugs,” the document says.

During an interview Tuesday with investigators, Mr. Farmer said he “communicated” with Mr. Williams on Monday “to arrange a purchase of narcotics that evening,” according to Det. Darr.

But, “Farmer concluded that” Mr. Williams “never showed up for the narcotics sale,” the investigator said.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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