More than seven months after a Fishersville man was gunned down in broad daylight, a grand jury has filed a murder charge.
The family of victim Melvin Jordan says they hope the killer gets what he deserves.
Jordan was at the University of Virginia Medical Center for two and a half months, and then worked through many more months of rehab. But Jordan died six weeks ago of medical complications, that prosecutors believe they can prove was the direct result of the shooting.
Jerad Michael Ross, 23, of Maryland now faces a charge of felony murder, and the possibility of two life sentences. Prosecutors believe he repeatedly shot Jordan during an argument on the front lawn of the Skyline Motel in Fishersville.
That was last May, but it wasn't until late November that Jordan died of complications related to the shooting. The 48-year-old had worked and lived at the Skyline Motel. Just after his death, friends set up a makeshift memorial outside his room.
Prosecutors dropped the attempted murder charge and took the more serious count to a special grand jury.
"I want him to get what he deserves. I want him to go through the pain that my brother went through. It didn't make any kind of sense. He didn't deserve it at all," said Deborah Stewart, Jordan's sister.
Bettie Stewart, Jordan's niece, said, "It goes through my mind how he felt all this time, how me and my mother helped him, and tried to get him through recovery. For us it was painful to see him go through that pain."
For the pain that he's accused of causing, Ross now faces three felony counts: murder, use of a firearm, and aggravated malicious wounding, which also carries a possible life sentence. His next court appearance is set for mid-February.
The panel that issued Friday's indictment is a multi-jurisdictional grand jury that most often handles gang-related cases. Prosecutors say Ross does have gang ties, but they won't talk about a motive for the alleged murder.
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