Police: Former sheriff's deputy charged in wife's death

Mugshot of David Lee Morse
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy in southern Virginia and three other people have been charged in the shooting death of his wife.

The Martinsville Bulletin reported Thursday that David Lee Morse, 66, of Henry County, faces charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Virginia State Police said Morse called 911 and said he had discovered the body of his wife, Pamela S. Morse, 63, at home. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that she died of a gunshot wound.

Morse retired roughly a decade ago from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in jail without bond. It's unclear if he has hired an attorney.

Three other people were also charged with first-degree murder. Police said they are Collin Joshua Russell, 37, of Stuart; Tanna Shelton Fitzgerald, 54, of Fieldale; and Casey Lynn Rogers, 27, of Meadows of Dan.

Each is in jail without bond. It's unclear if they've hired attorneys.

State police said the investigation is ongoing.