Shooting

Two county residents died following shootings that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at 3601 Old Halifax Road in South Boston. 

A grand jury is set to hear evidence against a suspect in the Dec. 7 fatal shootings of two brothers outside the South Boston Tobacco & Vape shop in Centerville.

The suspected gunman, a Halifax County resident Amir Spencer, was 17 at the time of the shootings that took the lives of 20-year-old Davonte Shamar Powell and his 17-year-old brother, Tevin Powell.

Charges brought against the juvenile, two counts of second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, have been certified to the grand jury by a juvenile and domestic relations judge, said Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Quackenbush Martin.

Martin said the matters are scheduled to go before the grand jury March 5.

After grand jury, Martin said she expects a pre-trial conference — a meeting with the lawyers, the defendant and the judge — to determine whether the case is ready to be tried and whether the defendant is entering a plea of guilty or not guilty.

One of the victims of the Dec. 7 shooting outside the Centerville vape shop, Davonte, died at the scene. The other victim, Tevin, was transported by helicopter to Duke Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The juvenile suspect eventually turned himself in at the South Boston Police Department and was transported to the juvenile detention facility.

Another suspect, 18-year-old Andrew Harlow of Halifax, faces two counts of accessory to the fact to second-degree murder.