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November 14, 2019

Warrenton teen’s murder case goes to grand jury

A Fauquier County Circuit Court grand jury on Nov. 25 will consider indictments of Daniel M. “Rudeboy” Farmer II of Nokesville and Lucretia Ann Robinson of Manassas in the Aug. 26 murder of an 18-year-old Warrenton man.
The defense did gather valuable information regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding the events in question.
— Defense attorney Robert V. Bryan Jr.
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Taking the next step in a brutal murder case, a Fauquier grand jury soon will decide whether to indict three defendants in the shooting death of an 18-year-old man outside of his family’s home near Warrenton.

Lincoln L. Williams Jr. died at Fauquier Hospital of a gunshot to the face Aug. 26 at 11:40 p.m. — almost an hour after the incident.

The shooting took place at 5042 Old Auburn Road, about five miles east of town.

On Thursday afternoon, two of the defendants — Daniel M. “Rudeboy” Farmer II of Nokesville and Lucretia Ann Robinson of Manassas — briefly appeared in Fauquier General District Court for preliminary hearings.

Mr. Farmer, 23, faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with victim’s death.

Ms. Robinson, 54, who faces a conspiracy charge to commit robbery in connection with Mr. Williams’ death, waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Her defense attorney, Jessica Clay of Gainesville, declined to say why her client did so.

Typically, a decision to skip the preliminary hearing indicates a defendant wants to enter a guilty plea in exchange for leniency.

Ms. Clay refused to say if such conversations have taken place with the commonwealth’s attorney office.

“I’m not at liberty to discuss that,” she said.

Mr. Farmer’s preliminary hearing lasted about 15 minutes.

Two witnesses — Fauquier sheriff’s Detective John Thorpe and Master Deputy James Arrington — testified.

Det. Thorpe told the judge Mr. Farmer admitted that he and Mr. Ellis arrived at the victim’s home together the night of the shooting.

Mr. Farmer also said the two went to the victim’s home to obtain a half-ounce of cocaine, the detective recalled.

Under questioning by Mr. Ellis’ defense attorney, Robert V. Bryan Jr. of Fairfax, the detective testified about the circumstances under which deputies questioned and arrested his client.

Deputies advised Mr. Farmer that he had the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present when questioned, Det. Thorpe told the court.

“The defense gathered valuable information regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding the events in question,” Mr. Bryan said after the hearing.

The first to arrive at the Williams’ home the night of the shooting, Deputy Arrington described the scene.

A “trail of blood” outside the home led the deputy to the family’s living room, where he found Mr. Williams.

Still conscious, the young man appeared to have a “bullet hole at to the top” of his “brow,” Deputy Arrington said.

He immediately administered CPR to Mr. Williams, he said. Paramedics arrived minutes later and took the victim to Fauquier Hospital.

Judge J. Gregory Ashwell ultimately found probable cause that Mr. Farmer and Ms. Robinson committed the felonies.

The third defendant — Myison Iaeene Ellis, 38, of Waynesboro — faces charges of first-degree murder, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit or attempt to commit robbery in the victim’s shooting death.

In a general district court preliminary hearing Thursday, Nov. 7, Karen Farmer implicated Mr. Ellis — her boyfriend — as the shooter.

Ms. Farmer testified that her brother — defendant Daniel M. “Rudeboy” Farmer II — told her that Mr. Ellis “shot at” the victim outside of his home the night of the incident.

Judge Ashwell found probable cause that Mr. Ellis had committed the crimes as charged.

The grand jury on Nov. 25 will decide whether to indict the three defendants.

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300.
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Angry8 · November 15, 2019 at 12:25 pm
hang all three of them stop smacking them on the hand and letting them go thats why it keeps happening
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