Sheriff: Washington County, Va. homicide was ‘a very heinous, very intentional crime’


(UPDATE 6 P.M.) WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – In a press conference Monday, Washington County, Virginia authorities said a man has been arrested following a reported homicide.

According to Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff Blake Andis, Angelo Aviles, 27, of Johnson City has been charged with first-degree murder after a man was discovered lying in the middle of Campground Road early Monday morning.

The release added that Aviles has a “violent criminal history from New Jersey.”

Authorities identified the victim was Anthony James Pickle, 34, of Bristol, Tennessee.

“There was one person coming through around 4 o’clock, 3:50 this morning, saw the body laying out in the middle of the road and went on to a safe area near Bobby’s Market and called the authorities,” Andis said.

Pickle was found, “murdered by several gunshot wounds,” according to police.

“Initial investigation was done by the detectives indicating that there was gunshot wounds to the victim,” Andis said.

“It appeared to be a pistol,” Andis emphasized. “There was wounds to the back, to the chest and to the head area.”

Andis said that Pickle was shot from behind and the front.

“It was a very heinous, very intentional crime that occurred,” Andis said.

Andis told News Channel 11 that the victim’s body has been sent to Roanoke for an autopsy at the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office.

“Detectives have been working continuously all day on this case,” Andis said.

Aviles was also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and the possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon. Andis said he was arrested at an apartment in Bristol, Tenn.

“Currently, Mr. Aviles is being detained by the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department in the suspicion of the murder here in Washington County, Virginia,” Andis explained. “The Washington County, Va. Commonwealth Attorney Josh Cumbow has agreed to extradite Mr. Aviles back into Washington County, Va. from Tennessee.”

Aviles has the right to waive extradition, Andis said.

“We would have to seek a governor’s warrant, where the Governor of Virginia would have to contact the Governor of Tennessee, and even though it’s just across State Street, it’s a fairly complex process if the defendant fights it, which he certainly has the right to do,” Washington County, Va. Commonwealth Attorney Josh Cumbow told News Channel 11 Monday night. “If he waives extradition, Washington County, Va. would have up to 10 days to go and get him.”

Cumbow indicated that it was too “early in the process” to determine if Aviles might choose to fight the extradition.

Andis said that Aviles’ car was seen on security footage from stores near the scene on Campground Road.

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Photo: News conference held in Washington County, Va. 2/17. Washington County, Va. Sheriff Blake Andis (left) and Washington County, Va. Commonwealth Attorney Josh Cumbow (right)



WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – A homicide investigation is underway in Washington County, Virginia after a body was discovered early on Monday morning.

According to Washington County Virginia Sheriff Blake Andis, the body was discovered around 3:30 a.m. on Campground Road.

A forensics team is on the scene and investigating, according to Sheriff Andis.

The body was found in the middle of the road on Campground Road, and Sheriff Andis told News Channel 11 the death is being investigated as a homicide.

The road is closed from Wagner Road to Cowan Road.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned with News Channel 11 online and on-air for updates.

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