Suspect in Southwest Va. murder case to face death penalty

TAZEWELL, VA (WJHL) – The suspect in a Southwest Virginia murder case now faces the death penalty after being charged with capital murder.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Lee Dennis announced Friday that a grand jury issued a true bill against 33-year-old Shaun Matthew Wakefield for one count of capital murder, one count of grand larceny of a motor vehicle and one count of concealing a dead body.

Officers arrested Wakefield in March for the murder of Danielle Pruett.

Pruett’s body was found near Bluefield, Va. on March 18, the day after she was reported missing.

Autopsy results showed Pruett died from blunt force trauma. She left behind three children.

Wakefield was on probation for convictions in Alexandria, Va. for burglary, larceny and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He is currently being held in the Soutwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va.

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