Two people have been arrested for a double murder in Henry County.
Alfonso Navarro-Pena and Noel Navarro-Pena of Axton were found shot to death last month in Henry County. They were brothers.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday that Jonathan Rivera-Olvera, 24, of Fieldale has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of using a firearm in commission of a felony. James Travis Moore, 33, of Ridgeway was arrested Thursday morning and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of using a firearm in commission of a felony.
Both men are being held at the Henry County Jail without bond.
Deputies were originally called to a crash on Daniel Road in Axton on June 27 around 11:15 p.m. They found the driver, Alfonso Navarro-Pena, 40, of Axton, dead from a gunshot wound.
The body of his brother, Noel Navarro-Pena was found in the parking lot of the Smith River Sports Complex in Axton early the following morning. He too died after being shot. Noel Navarro-Pena was 33.
The murders appear to be drug-related, according to Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry. Investigators found 2.6 ounces of cocaine, 25 pounds of marijuana, and $28,000 in cash inside the brothers' home on Sugar Tree Drive in Axton. Investigators also found four firearms, ammunition, several cell phones, two computers, and other documentation inside of the home.
Perry believes that the investigation will be a "disruption" to the local drug trade, and indicated that more arrests could be coming.
"We do believe it will have an impact," Perry said. "We will wait to see how much because you have some people involved in drug trafficking that are deceased, some people that were still involved that are now arrested."
Perry specifically mentioned two agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement who helped in the investigation.
Here is the news release from the Henry County Sheriff's office:
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has continued investigating the homicides of Alfonso Navarro-Pena and Noel Navarro-Pena. Both men died as a result of gunshot wounds. On 07/16/2014, Jonathan “Johnny” Rivera-Olvera, a 24 year old male living at 244 Clyde Prillaman Drive Fieldale, was arrested on 2 counts of 1st Degree Murder and 2 counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Following Jonathan’s arrest, James Travis Moore, a 33 year old male living at 71 Canterbury Lane was arrested on 1 count of 1st Degree Murder and 1 count of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Both men are being held in the Henry County Jail under no bond.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the following agencies for offering their help: The U. S. Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secret Service, DEA, FBI, and ATF. We also would like to thank Henry County and Martinsville Circuit Court, Henry County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and Henry County Public Safety and the men and women of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. We were especially thankful for the assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their resources and help with language barriers were very valuable to this case. During the course of the investigation, several search warrants and court orders were utilized to obtain records, information, and evidence that turned out to be vital in this case. It appears at this time the motive for the murders were drug related.
The investigation is still ongoing and anyone having information about these homicides is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1000.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.