Emporia teen indicted for Frankin murder

Published 2:26 pm Monday, March 4, 2013

COURTLAND—A 17-year-old from Emporia has been indicted in Southampton County Circuit Court for the Nov. 8 murder of Eric “E.T.” Smith in Franklin.

La’mon Frederick Bradshaw is being tried as an adult.

Bradshaw and Sol “Dukey” Damascus Burke, 25, of Suffolk are accused of shooting Smith at his mother’s on home after he answered the door. The 30-year-old father of four died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Burke allegedly killed Smith after Smith beat him up in September during an attempted robbery in Southampton County.

Other charges against Bradshaw include the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, shooting in a public place and three counts of shooting at a home.

Smith will have a preliminary hearing Monday, April 29, at Franklin General District Court.

Franklin police also charged Rowan D. Bruff, 29, of Franklin for allegedly driving the vehicle used that night and possessing a gun by a convicted felon.