New Church man convicted in 2016 murder in Worcester Co.

SNOW HILL, Md. - On Tuesday,  a Virginia man was convicted for his role in a 2016 murder, in Worcester County.

The Office of the States Attorney for Worcester County says that 36-year-old Anthony Tunnell, of New Church, VA, was convicted of first degree murder by a jury, on Tuesday.

On December 1, 2016, Tunnell murdered 26-year-old James Allen, of Pocomoke City, by shooting him once in the back causing Allen to collapse in the middle of Market Street, in Pocomoke. Tunnell had been communicating through text messages about his intent to kill Allen in the hours leading up to his murder. According to officials, evidence recovered from the scene including multiple spent shell casings and a ski mask indicated that the murder was premeditated.

In regard to the case, State's Attorney for Worcester County Beau Oglesby said, "The streets of Worcester County and the people of Pocomoke are immeasurably safer today now that this murderer has been convicted."

States Attorney Oglesby thanked the Maryland State Police, MSP Homicide Unit, Worcester County Combined Criminal Bureau of Investigation, and the Worcester County Sheriff's Office for their work on the case.

The Honorable Judge Richard R. Bloxom reportedly ordered a pre-sentence investigation. A sentence date has not yet apparently been set.

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