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Posted on: January 11, 2021

01-11-2021 Police make arrest in overnight homicide

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Investigators arrested James Edward Fultz IV of Martinsville in connection with last night’s homicide. 

Investigators believe Fultz, age 47, got a ride in a cab and at some point during the fare, cut or stabbed the driver. The driver, 51-year-old Wendy Harris, died at the scene. She was a Danville resident and had no known connection to Fultz. 

Fultz left the area before police arrived, but investigators developed him as the suspect, tracked him to a location on Temple Avenue and arrested him after a brief foot chase. Police charged Fultz with first-degree murder in connection to Harris’ death. He is being held in Danville City Jail without bond.

Danville Police will hold a H.E.A.R.T. walk at 3 p.m. this afternoon in the area where this incident took place.

Police also charged Fultz with the robbery of Carter’s Quick Shoppe at 3103 West Main Street that happened on December 27, 2020. 

These cases are still active investigations and we ask that anyone who may have information on this case or the identity of the person in the photo to please contact us at 434-793-0000 or use our crime tips app CARE at

Captain Richard Chivvis

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