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July 28, 2020

Teen indicted for murders of his mother and brother

Leviathan “Levi” Henry Norwood, 17, has remained in jail since Feb. 21, when Durham, N.C., police arrested him for shoplifting in a Super Target.
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A Fauquier County Circuit Court grand jury on Monday indicted a Morrisville-area teenager on two first-degree murder counts in the February shooting death of his mother and younger brother.

Leviathan “Levi” Henry Norwood, 17, also faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder of his father, three counts of using a firearm in the commission of felony and grand larceny for stealing a car to make his getaway the night of the double-murder.

The Feb. 14 murders of Jennifer Norwood, 34, and Wyatt Norwood, 6, took place in family’s rented brick rambler at 12870 Elk Run Road in Southern Fauquier.

First-degree murder carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.

The defendant’s father Joshua Norwood, 37, died April 20, at the family’s home. Suspecting “no foul play,” detectives investigated his death as a possible suicide.

A Liberty High School junior at the time of the murders, Mr. Norwood remains incarcerated in a regional juvenile detention facility, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis.

But, Monday’s indictments mean the court will treat him as an adult.

The defendant’s father came home just before 6 o’clock the night of the murders and found the bodies of his wife and son, according to the investigation.

Levi Norwood then appeared and shot his father with a handgun, investigators said.

The father then left the house and called 911.

Before deputies had arrived at the scene, Levi had fled by foot and then in a vehicle. After a 22-hour manhunt, North Carolina authorities detained him after he attempted to shoplift hair dye, clothes and a backpack at Super Target store in Durham.

Fauquier detectives travelled to North Carolina on Feb. 22 to pick up Mr. Norwood, Sgt. Lewis said in an email.

Legally a juvenile, Mr. Norwood made his first Fauquier court appearance on Monday, Feb. 24.

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Melissa N. Cupp presided over the 15-minute closed hearing.

Judge Cupp closed it at the request of Deputy Public Defender Ryan D. Ruzic and Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook.

Mr. Ruzic argued the hearing could be closed for “good cause.”

The Washington Post unsuccessfully petitioned the judge to keep the proceedings open to the public.

Judge Cupp last month certified the case to the grand jury for consideration. All of Mr. Norwood’s future court appearances will be open to the public.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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JudicialEthics · July 30, 2020 at 9:57 am
I pray for the grace of God for Levi Norwood and for the souls of his mother and brother. I pray for all involved in the proceedings and that Judge Cupp be provided with divine guidance in her work. Amen.
Linda Ward · July 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm
Such a sad, sad situation.
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