After campground death 3 men charged with murder, lynching, abduction
MIDDLESEX, Va. (WTVR) – Nine felony indictments were handed down Tuesday to three individuals in relation to the death of a Middlesex County man, following an altercation at Bush Park campground.
Three men were each charged with felony murder, lynching and abduction in the death of Edwin Hughes. Hughes was not actually lynched, the charge stems from the allegation that Hughes was killed by “a mob.”
The suspects are Phillip ”Bubba” Harris, 57, Christopher “Rooster” Fogg, 40, and Jorge Torres, 29.
Hughes, 49, was pronounced dead at Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester on May 12 after a fight at Bush park Campground with Fogg and Torres.
Investigators said that Harris and Fogg were security guards at the campground and Torres was working at the gate. Sheriff David Bushey told CBS 6 that Hughes was a registered guest for a campground dance.
That night, Hughes got into a fight with Fogg after he was asked to turn on the lights to his golf cart, according to investigators. Next an altercation broke out between Hughes and all three men. A bystander called called 911 and when police arrived they found Hughes face down, with a pulse.
Emergency personnel were brought on scene and transported Hughes to Walter Reed. He died en route to the hospital, said police.
The state Medical Examiner informed the Middlesex Commonwealth’s Attorney that the death has been determined a homicide.
Friends told CBS 6 News that Hughes lived in the Bush Park Mobile Home Park next to the camp site for about three years. They say he also worked as an electrician for Henrico County.
A broken-hearted Charlotte Ballard couldn’t stop tears from falling as she talked about her neighbor Hughes. “If it was foul play then somebody needs to pay for what they did to Barry. He was a good person. He was one of the best neighbors I ever had. It’s such a shock,” Ballard cried.
Tom Slusher, a friend of Hughes, said no one there expected anything like this. He told CBS 6 News that one of Hughes’ daughters recently graduated from Longwood University and a proud Hughes was there at the commencement.
Slusher said the death seems surreal. He can’t believe that same night, his friend was dead.
“I can’t think of Barry having any enemies. He was like Johnny on the spot, always helping someone. He was an all-around good guy,” Slusher added.
Neighbors echoed the same sentiments. Ballard said when she underwent knee replacement surgery, it was Hughes who came over to cut her grass and take her trash to the dump. She said he even called her during the day to check on her.
“I just want his parents to know they had a good son. He was a good person and he will be missed,” Ballard said.
Investigators told CBS 6 a couple of weeks ago that it was only a rumor that Hughes was hit in the head with a steel pipe.
Stay with CBS 6 News for updates on this developing story.