16-year-old charged in deadly Louisa County home invasion; victims identified

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 16-year-old is in custody and facing a handful of charges stemming from a deadly home invasion and robbery in Louisa County that left an elderly man dead and his wife hospitalized.

The incident occurred shortly before 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, when the Louisa County sheriff’s office was called to a home on South Spotswood Trail for a reported shooting.

Once on scene, deputies found 73-year-old Nancy Payne suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Deputies later found her husband, 82-year-old Roger Wood Payne, Jr. also suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The married couple’s vehicle was reported missing and later found, along with the 16-year-old suspect, in Nelson County.

“Saw her husband get shot right there in the house, isn’t that awful?” one neighbor said reacting to the crime.

That neighbor told 8News the 16-year-old is familiar to the area and has family that lived across the street from the victims. They believe the suspect targeted the elderly couple because of their age.

“They’re nice people, that’s all I know,” the neighbor said. “I just know of them.”

Authorities said they are investigating the incident as a home invasion.

The 16-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, armed robbery and breaking and entering to commit murder and robbery.

Authorities did not say whether or not the suspect and victims were known to each other.

“It’s terrible. I’m so upset,” the neighbor added. “People are crazy, ain’t they? Go in peoples’ houses and shoot you for nothing.”

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