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Update: Man Charged With First Degree Murder

Robert Albert Napier, Jr. Robert Albert Napier, Jr.

Update 8:42 p.m.:

Drakes Branch, VA -  Robert Albert Napier, Jr., of Drakes Branch has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Samuel Styers.

The 50-year-old is being held at the Charlotte County jail without bond.

Napier will go to court for arraignment Thursday morning.


Drakes Branch, VA - Two days after a Drakes Branch man was shot and killed, no one has been charged with his death.

The Charlotte County Commonwealth's attorney is waiting for autopsy results to determine if it was justified.

The sheriff's office won't release the name of the suspect because charges have not been filed. But the family says they had been friends with each other for years. They're still trying to understand how a friendly gathering could turn so bad.

Jake Overstreet says he had just returned from the store Monday night when he heard a loud 'pow' and heard some commotion.

His uncle, Samuel Styers, 47, was lying on the ground, shot once in the face outside of a welding shop on the 2300 block of West Point Stevens Road.

"I saw him in clear view, on the ground, just not moving, just gushing blood, just coming out," Overstreet recalled.

Emergency crews did what they could, but it wasn't enough.

Styers' mother says at the time of his death, he was still recovering from back surgery and needed a cane just to get around.

"Going through all the pain and suffering for his back trying to get it better and then this happened. It's just devastating," Lillian Styers said, wiping away the tears.

"I wish someone had said, 'Jake you need to get him out of here.' I'd have picked him up, threw him in the car myself," Overstreet added.

It marks Charlotte County's second shooting death in the last six months. For residents, it's still hard to believe.

The Styers family is clinging to hope they'll find answers. And they're already seeing signs justice will come.

"It's kinda weird, I saw three shooting stars that night. You don't see that every night," Overstreet said, pointing to the sky.

Styers' family will meet with the commonwealth's attorney tomorrow to see where the case goes from here.

A funeral is planned for 11 a.m. this Friday at Friendship Baptist Church in Drakes Branch. The family asks donations go to the Charlotte County Rescue Squad or Friendship Baptist Church's Cemetery fund.

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