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August 7, 2018 · OPINION

Appreciation for justice, compassion in Fauquier

Rex Mack Olsen
By Julia Olsen

As you are aware, the felony murder trial of Bernard Clarke Duse Jr. was held last week in Fauquier County Circuit Court and Mr. Duse was judged guilty of first-degree murder and use of a firearm during the murder of my husband, Rex Mack Olsen, on July 26, 2017, at the CVS on Blackwell Road in Warrenton.

I would like to take the opportunity at this time to acknowledge the hard work, professionalism, dedication and compassion evinced by many people in Warrenton and Fauquier County. During the last year, my family has dealt with great sorrow and change due to Mr. Duse’s choice to kill Rex. Many people were involved in the investigation and evaluation of evidence to bring this case to trial and Mr. Duse to justice.

My sincere thanks to Lt. Tim Carter of the Warrenton Police along with his fellow officers; to Lori Jones, victim/witness case manager with Fauquier County; to Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher; to Jamey Cook and Abigail Owens of the commonwealth attorney’s office; to Judge Herman A. Whisenant Jr. and his staff, and to many more individuals who had an impact on the investigation, case delivery and my family. The residents of Fauquier County and the Town of Warrenton should be proud of the men and women of their local government, sheriff’s and police departments as well as state police. I also acknowledge the courage and honesty of the witnesses who came forward and were willing to testify in front of Mr. Duse.

In addition, my sincere appreciation to the men and women of the jury. Fourteen citizens fulfilled their duty as they listened to case presentation, evidence, testimony and argument for a week. After the alternate jurors were released, the remaining 12 considered the evidence and made the difficult decision to declare a man guilty, knowing it would likely be a life sentence. I acknowledge their sacrifice and express my gratitude.

A heartfelt thank you to all.
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