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Hanover officials make arrest in cold-case homicide

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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Hanover investigators have arrested Devion M. Gentry, 32, in connection to the 2004 homicide of Russell D. Franklin.



Gentry, formerly of Tumbleweed Circle in Henrico, has been charged with first degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.  Gentry is being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail in Hopewell.

“I’m exceptionally proud of our investigative team for their unwavering dedication to resolving this case, and I hope it will provide some level of closure for the family of Mr. Franklin.  In addition, I hope this sends a clear message to criminals that we simply do not quit in our pursuit of justice,” said Col. David R. Hines, sheriff.

Aug. 14, 2004, a deputy on routine patrol found Russell D. Franklin, 27, of the 7400 block of Sherwood Crossing Place in Mechanicsville, dead in the driver’s seat of his 1995 light blue Cadillac, which had run off the road and struck a privacy fence in a parking lot.  Franklin had already succumbed to a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Court records show Gentry was arrested April 17 following a grand jury indictment. May 5, Gentry appeared in court where a two-day trial was set for August.