Richmond homicide victim had long history of arrest for trespassing

Richmond murder 1RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Police are investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday evening, in the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

Police said they discovered an adult black male suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He died on the scene.

Neighbors said they heard three or four gunshots around 6:25 p.m. Monday.  Family said the victim was Develle Thomas, age 21.

Court records show Thomas was a frequent unwelcome visitor in Midlothian Village Apartments.  Thomas has multiple charges against him for trespassing at the apartment complex. He also had assault charges, drug-related charges and failure to appear.

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Detectives are following up on several strong leads and ask anyone with any information to please call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip. Both methods are anonymous.