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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

By Linda Cicoira

In an indictment handed down Monday by a grand jury in Northampton, a young Cape Charles man is accused of the premeditated murder of his grandmother and three related firearms offenses.

Anthony David Mercado, 25, who lived with the victim, 73-year-old Jane Grigsby McKinley, in her Tazewell Street home, was initially charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors told the commission that the death was intentionally caused by shooting, the indictment states. That charge was previously confirmed by a district judge.

Mercado was also charged with willful discharge of a firearm in an occupied dwelling, unlawful discharge during the commission of a crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. The offenses against him include reckless handling of a firearm, destruction of property valued at less than $1,000, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule VI drug. The white powder seized during the investigation and initially thought to be cocaine contained sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, antibiotics used to treat various infections.

When police encountered Mercado on the steps of the home on the day of the shooting, he told authorities, according to records, that “he had just shot someone who had entered his home and that she was upstairs and not alive.” Officer T. Lynch of the Cape Charles Police Department wrote, “I found his grandmother’s body upstairs. He was later interviewed and told us that he shot her multiple times as she walked away from him.”

The filing also revealed that Mercado had been living with the victim for three or four months and had been unemployed since the pandemic began. McKinley was his only relative in the area. The defendant was “supported financially by family and money from savings from pre-pandemic work.”

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