The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office spent hours Friday morning searching a stretch of Huell Matthews Highway in the Cluster Springs community for a firearm related to a homicide that occurred in the early morning of March 29 in the area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
The search was unsuccessful, said Sheriff Fred S. Clark, and the sheriff’s office continues to follow all leads in the investigation.
Clark said investigators had received information that a handgun used in the homicide may have been thrown out of a window on Huell Matthews Highway.
Two individuals have been charged in connection to the shooting. Darrin Lamont Crawley, 30, of South Boston, faces charges of first-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the March 29 homicide that claimed the life of 32-year-old Travis Leon Hughes. Lucy Bouldin Cook, 28, of South Boston, faces a charge of obstruction of justice. Hughes was transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, and later died from his injuries.
Virginia State Police, a Virginia State Police K-9 unit and two K-9 units from the Liberty University Police Department assisted the sheriff’s office with the Friday morning search. Clark would like to thank all the agencies that assisted with the search as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation for traffic control during the search.
Clark asks that anyone with information in regards to this case call Capt. Mike Womack with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 434-476-3339 or the Halifax County Crime Line at 434-476-8445.