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Cape Charles man charged with premeditated murder of his grandmother

Cape Charles man charged with premeditated murder of his grandmother
Cape Charles man charged with premeditated murder of his grandmother

Linda Cicoira with our media partner WESR/ShoreDailyNews.com contributed to this report.

A Cape Charles man has been charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed his grandmother in February, according to indictments filed Monday.

Anthony David Mercado, 25, who was living with his 73-year-old grandmother Jane Grigsby McKinley at the time in her home on Tazewell Street, was initially charged with first-degree murder.

The public prosecutor now assumes that the fatal shot was fired intentionally.

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When police arrived at the house after the shooting on February 24, Mercado told police, according to records, “he had just shot someone who had entered his house and she was upstairs and not alive.”

A Cape Charles Police officer also wrote: “I found his grandmother’s body upstairs. He was later interviewed and told us he shot her multiple times as she walked away from him.”

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According to records, Mercado had lived with McKinley for several months before the shooting; she was his only relative in the area.

Mercado is also charged with intentionally discharging a firearm in an occupied structure, unlawful discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, as well as several misdemeanors.

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