Emporia man faces trial for Franklin man’s homicide

Published 9:44 am Saturday, August 3, 2013

COURTLAND—An Emporia man charged in the first-degree murder of a Franklin man is scheduled for a jury trial at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in Southampton County Circuit Court.

La’mon Frederick Bradshaw, 18, was 17 years old when he was arrested and charged with helping Sol “Dukey” Damascus Burke shoot Eric “E.T.” Smith on Nov. 8, 2012. Smith is believed to have been shot when he answered the door at his mother’s home on Pearl Street. The 30-year-old victim, the father of four children, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

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

At the time of Bradshaw’s arraignment, he was to be tried as an adult. Other charges include the use of a firearm in the commission of a murder, shooting in public and three counts of shooting at an occupied dwelling.

Burke is scheduled for a pre-trial Thursday, Sept. 19, with the trial set for Monday, Oct. 21.