New Details in Fort Defiance Murder

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

FORT DEFIANCE, Va. (WHSV) Augusta County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Coleman Denzel Neeley is dead after shots were fired in a Valley neighborhood. It happened near Fort Defiance early on the morning of Aug. 16. A 22-year-old man was shot and killed on Knightly Mill Road.

Augusta County dispatchers got the first call about the shooting at 2:17 a.m., they arrived on scene at 2:30 a.m., and responded within less than fifteen minutes of the call. According to the homeowners of house where shooting occurred, a party was going on at the time of the shooting.There were multiple people at the party who called 911.

According to police, deputies discovered that Neeley, a 22 year old man, had been shot. They also determined that he was transported to Augusta Health by a third party. Neeley arrived at the emergency room with a gun shot wound, and was subsequently pronounced deceased. Within hours, a suspect was identified, located, and taken into custody without incident.

One of the suspects, Michael T. Williams, 20, has since been charged with 1st degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Williams is currently being held at the Middle River Regional Jail. Two other suspects, Philip Joseph Sabo, and, Marquis Johnson are being held without bond. Sabo and Johnson are being accused of accessory to murder after the fact. All three suspects are from Staunton.

All three were taken into custody after they were found at a traffic stop around 5 a.m. riding in one vehicle together this morning.

According to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office, at this point, there is no threat to public, they believe the perpetrator is in custody. This is the second murder this year in Augusta County.

The investigation isn't over yet, deputies expect more charges to be filed. They are asking anyone with more information on this case to contact the Augusta County Sheriffs Office call (540) 245-5333, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-2017. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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