DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — First-degree murder charges have been brought against a man accused of abducting and killing his teenage cousin in Dinwiddie County last month.
Anton Deonte Coleman, 21, was taken into custody on Thursday, June 28 and charged with one count of abduction, hours after the body of his first cousin, 17-year-old Ke’Asia Adkins, was found in a wooded area behind her home in North Dinwiddie County.
Family members had reported Adkins missing three days prior after she left for cheerleading practice at Dinwiddie High School and never showed up.
On Tuesday, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Dinwiddie County announced that a grand jury had returned official indictments and Coleman for first-degree murder and abduction with intent to file.
In a release, Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill explained that this was the grand jury’s first meeting since the alleged crime occurred, which is why it took nearly three weeks for Coleman to be charged with murder.
“Prosecutors did indeed present their cases to a grand jury at the earliest opportunity, as the grand jury meeting on July 17 is the first county grand jury to meet since the killings occurred,” Baskervill said.