18-Year-Old Indicted on Murder Charges in Onancock Daytime Shooting

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Staff Report — A grand jury meeting in Accomac Monday, Aug. 1, indicted an 18-year-old man in connection with the daytime shooting death of Nicholas Kyle Joseph, 23, of Painter, on Oct. 13, 2021, in Onancock.

Daniel David Douglas, of Onancock, was indicted on charges of attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a robbery, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and use of a firearm in the commission of murder.

Douglas was 17 at the time of the incident.

The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office around 3:15 p.m. that day received a report of a vehicle crash on Johnson Street in Onancock and a report gunshots had been fired in the vicinity of the vehicle.

When deputies arrived, they found Joseph suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead the next day.

A description of the incident in the autopsy report said Joseph reportedly was seated in the driver’s seat of the vehicle when he was shot with a handgun.

The vehicle then struck a light pole, cracking it in half, then reversed rapidly before coming to rest again near its original location.

Joseph was found unresponsive in the vehicle and never regained consciousness during around 30 to 31 hours of medical care. Treatment at two hospitals “identified significant gunshot wound injury to the head and neck,” according to the report.

According to a transcript of a July 12 hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Judge Cela J. Burge found probable cause to certify Douglas’ case to the grand jury.

Douglas also was indicted Monday on a charge of escaping from police custody May 18.

Jordan Eric Ames, 18, of Onancock, was indicted in February on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and related firearms charges in connection with the case.

The indictment was made public in April.

A 15-year-old also was arrested in Washington, D.C., in November in connection with the slaying.

Also indicted were:

Dorothy May Payton, 34, homeless, possession of cocaine, in connection with an incident May 23.

Ceylon Glen Byrd, 60, homeless, possession of cocaine, in connection with an incident June 23.

Jeffery Alther,  43, of Belle Haven, malicious maiming and strangulation of another, in connection with an incident March 19.

Basil Johnson Jr., 33, of Hampton, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while a protective order is in effect, in connection with an incident May 14.

Wayne Orville Norton Jr.,  31, of Onancock, possession of cocaine, in connection with an incident May 17.

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