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Charges Certified against Charlottesville Murder Suspect

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The case against Tsaye Simpson, accused of committing the only murder in Charlottesville last year, is heading to a grand jury.

After four hours of testimony from a number of witnesses during Thursday's preliminary hearing, there are now more details about the hours leading up to when Jarvis Brown was shot and killed on Woodland Drive in October 2013. The hearing also revealed details about the relationship between Brown and Simpson.

The prosecution called about a dozen witnesses Thursday, from detectives and co-workers to neighbors on Woodland Drive who heard the single gunshot. 

Simpson was a co-worker of Brown's at a University of Virginia dining facility and, according to testimony, they had a rocky relationship.

"I think it's negligence on the job he had because they did nothing. It wouldn't have escalated this far if they would have just separated," a friend of Brown's family said.

In fact, a supervisor once had to step between Brown and Simpson during an argument. The same supervisor says he saw a shotgun at Simpson's home prior to the shooting.

But the longest and most damning testimony Thursday came from a witness who was in the car with Brown the night he was shot and killed. The witness, another co-worker of Brown’s, testified that Simpson and Brown met up on Woodland Drive that night in October and that what started as an argument led to Simpson shooting Brown point-blank in the head with a shotgun.

Brown's family was visibly shaken in the courtroom listening to detectives go into gruesome details about how Brown's body was found lying next to his running car.

"It's hard to sit in there and listen to all of that," said Johnice Williams, Brown's cousin.

What was just as hard was knowing there were neighbors who heard the gunshot that night and didn't get up to investigate.

"I can't believe none of them looked out their window," Williams said.

But even during this ordeal, Brown's family sympathizes with Simpson's family.

"I just feel sorry for his family also, what they have to go through because of what happened here," said Sheila Brown, Jarvis Brown's aunt.

Simpson's case will head to a grand jury April 21 in Charlottesville Circuit Court.

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