Deputies: Five charged in investigation of attempted murder of witness in Accomack County

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. - Five people are facing charges, after deputies say they were arrested during an investigation of a murder for hire plot where a witness was shot, in Accomack County.

The Accomack County Sheriff's Office says during the week of November 10, the Accomack County Sheriff's Department-Criminal Investigations Unit, the Eastern Shore Drug Task Force, Virginia State Police Drug Enforcement Section and the Drug Enforcement Administration-Norfolk Resident Office worked together in a joint investigation of an attempted murder for hire of testifying witness. The witness was reportedly shot on October 31, in Accomack County, Va. 

Authorities report that felony arrest warrants were obtained for four individuals involved in the planning of the murder and other acts involving the attempted murder. Multiple arrest warrants and search warrants were apparently executed during the course of the investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Division One and Division Five TAC Teams, Exmore Police Department, Northampton Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police Bureau of Field Operations and General Investigations Section. 

As a result of the search and arrest warrants, law enforcement says 11 ounces of cocaine, three firearms and $1,785 were seized in addition to multiple cell phones and other documents.

According to the report, the following people were arrested and charged with attempt to commit capital murder - murder for hire: 43-year-old Evron Strand, of Nelsonia; 22-year-old Aaron Bowens, of Painter; 19-year-old Roquan Rogers, of Exmore. 

Fifty-one-year-old Cynthia Harmon, of Parksley, was apparently arrested and charged with attempt to commit capital murder - murder for hire accessory before the fact.

Deputies say 29-year-old DeBrandon Harmon, of Parksley, was also arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing sale and possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I or II drug.

Strand, Bowens, Rogers, Cynthia Harmon, and DeBrandon Harmon are currently being held at the Accomack County Jail without bond.

Anyone with information related to this crime is asked to call the Accomack County Sheriff's Office at 757-787-1131 or 757-824-5666.

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