Arrest Made in 2004 Hanover Cold Case Homicide

UPDATE: Investigators have charged a 32-year-old Devion M. Gentry, formerly of Tumbleweed Drive in Henrico, in connection with Franklin’s murder. Gentry has been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell.

“I’m exceptionally proud of our investigative team for their unwavering dedication to resolving this case, and I hope it will provide some level of closure for the family of Mr. Franklin,” Sheriff Colonel David R. Hines said in a statement. “In addition, I hope this sends a clear message to criminals that we simply do not quit in our pursuit of justice.”

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in solving a nearly 10-year-old cold case that occurred on the 7400 block of Old Hickory Drive.

On Aug. 14, 2004, a deputy on routine patrol found 27-year-old Russell D. Franklin dead in the driver’s seat of his 1995 light blue Cadillac. The car had run off the road and hit a privacy fence in a parking lot. Franklin, of the 7400 block of Sherwood Crossing Place in Mechanicsville, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Police said Wednesday that investigators have developed new information, including two new leads, in the case and believe several individuals who may have crucial relevant information remain in the metro Richmond area.

Investigators are hoping to advance the case by re-evaluating all forensic evidence.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 804-365-6140 or Crime Stoppers of Metro Richmond at 804-780-1000.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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