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Gordonsville woman charged in fatal shooting of Barboursville man
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Gordonsville woman charged in fatal shooting of Barboursville man

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Brianna Cole Knicely


A Gordonsville woman has been charged with second degree murder in Wednesday night’s shooting death of a local resident in Barboursville.

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James Manning, 36, was found deceased from a gunshot wound at his home on Hamm Farm Road, off U.S. 33 in Orange County after deputies were called to the scene at 7 p.m. June 16, according to a release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was a husband, father of three school-aged children and a veteran. Brianna Cole Knicely, 27, was later identified as a suspect in the shooting, according to police.

Early Thursday, the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle.

Knicley agreed to return to Orange County to be interviewed, police said. She has also since been charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Knicely is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange without bond eligibility. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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