Man wanted for murder ID’d as body found in bushes in Richmond’s southside

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police have identified the man found in a wooded area Tuesday and say he was linked to a January homicide in Richmond. Additionally, police made four arrests tied to the January slaying that authorities add may all be connected.

Police identified the body found as Jon W. Alston, 42, of the 7800 block of Winding Ash Place, of Chesterfield. Police add Alston had been reported missing out of Chesterfield County and was known by Richmond Police detectives to have been a suspect in the murder of Garry Harrison, Jr. on Warwick Avenue on Jan. 7.

On Tuesday, officers were called to 2100 block of Lumkin Avenue just after 6:30 a.m. for a report of a person down. Richmond Police say a work crew clearing brush along power lines had discovered the body.

Police tie the discovered body to 26-year-old Harry E. Braxton, III, of the 2300 block of Oakland Place. He is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Additionally, four people have been charged in connection with the fatal slaying of Harrision:

Joleal Burno (left) and Calvin Cooper.
  • Crystal R. Braxton, 45, of the 2300 block of Oakland Place;
  • Jaqwail V. Braxton, 20, of the 2300 block of Oakland Place (subject of the February 16 arrest advisory from the Richmond Police Department);
  • Joleal E. Burno, 19, of the 1700 block of Decatur Street,
  • Calvin C. Cooper, 39, of the 2300 block of Oakland Place.

Anyone with information about this death investigation is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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