North Carolina man wanted for murder of girlfriend apprehended in Virginia

Published 9:04 am Sunday, October 3, 2021

A North Carolina man wanted for first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has been apprehended in Virginia, authorities said.

Police in Newport News, Virginia said Travis Jefferson, 27, was taken into custody around 2 p.m. on Thursday. Local officers along with the U.S. Marshal Service and Virginia State Police had been looking for Jefferson, according to a news release. During the search, a local middle school was placed on lockdown, police said.

News outlets report Nicoda Melvin, 21, was shot in the head in a Fayetteville home that the couple shared. The shooting happened on Sept, 19, three days before her relatives Konye Melvin, 16, and Marquez Melvin, 19, were shot and killed. Another of her relatives as well as a fourth person, unrelated, were shot and wounded.

Jefferson is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. His status couldn’t be determined on Friday, including whether he had an attorney.

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