NEW: Murder Trial Set

Man Accused Of Christmas Eve Slaying

Posted: March 26, 2014

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG - A Harrisonburg man accused of killing a man on Christmas Eve will likely go to a trial this summer.

On Monday, a grand jury indicted Delano Fitz, 28, 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.

Today, during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court, Judge Bruce Albertson scheduled Fitz’s five-day jury trial to begin on Aug. 25.

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.

Police 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 previous testimony, it was suggested that 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 broke out in the parking lot outside the townhome before shots were fired.

The woman at the center of the dispute, Edasha Williams, initially said Turner was the aggressor but later said Fitz was the one who started the altercation.

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


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