NEW: Murder Defendant Indicted In City Slaying

Posted: March 24, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County grand jury indicted a Harrisonburg man accused of killing a man on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, police say, Delano Fitz, 28, shot and killed Traman Turner after Turner arrived at his ex-girlfriend’s Harrisonburg home to pick up his three children.

On Monday, a grand jury indicted Fitz on four felony counts: first-degree murder, possession of a weapon as a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

Following the indictment in Rockingham County Circuit Court, Fitz appeared in court.

Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled Fitz to appear in court on Wednesday to set a trial date.

Investigators say Fitz shot Turner, 27, at least four times in the parking lot of his ex’s Commerce Drive townhome. At least three shots hit Turner in his back. Medical examiners are still trying to determine whether the fourth shot also struck him in the back, or entered his chest.

During a preliminary hearing last week in Rockingham County General District Court, testimony suggested that Delano Fitz saw it as a sign of disrespect for Turner to pick up the children while he was at the home. Fitz was the boyfriend of Turner’s ex-girlfriend.

An argument ensued in the parking lot outside the townhome before shots rang out.

The woman at the center of the dispute, Edasha Williams, initially said Tuner was the aggressor but later changed her story, saying Fitz was the one who started the altercation.

Fitz is being held at the Rockingham County Jail without bond.

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