5 arrested in attempted murder-for-hire investigation in Accomack

Top Row (Left to Right): Aaron Bowens and Evron Strand. Bottom Row (Left to Right): Cynthia Harmon, Roquon Rogers and DeBrandon Harmon. (Credit: Accomack County Sheriff's Office.)

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Five people have been charged following an investigation into an attempted murder-for-hire in Accomack County.

According to the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office, there was a multi-agency investigation last week into an attempted murder-for-hire of a testifying witness who was shot on Halloween night.

Two people were injured in the Oct. 31 shooting, which the sheriff’s office said happened on Linhaven Circle, near Painter.

A witness who lives on the street asked to remain anonymous, but told 10 On Your Side what they saw.

They said a man and woman walked across Linhaven Circle on Halloween night. As they crossed the street, someone jumped from the bushes along the road and started shooting.

A 31-year-old man and 19-year-old woman were found shot at the scene. The man was shot several times. The two were taken to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, where they were initially listed in stable condition.

During the investigation, police realized the man shot was a testifying witness in a drug-related case.

Felony arrest warrants were obtained for four people believed to have been involved in the planning of the murder and acts involving the attempted murder.

The sheriff’s office says multiple arrest and search warrants were executed during the investigation. The searches resulted in 11 ounces of cocaine, three firearms and $1,785 being seized, along with multiple cellphones and documents.

A total of five people were arrested — three of whom were charged with attempt to commit capital murder – murder-for-hire:

  • Evron Strand, 43, of Nelsonia
  • Aaron Bowens, 22, of Painter
  • Roquan Rogers, 19, of Exmore

Cynthia Harmon, 51, of Parksley, was charged with attempt to commit capital murder – murder-for-hire, accessory before the fact.

The fifth person arrested, 29-year-old DeBrandon Harmon, of Parksley, was charged with manufacturing sale and possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule I or II drug.

All five are being held in Accomack County Jail without bond.

Both victims of the shooting have been released from the hospital.