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Authorities charge Vinton man in March double homicide
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Roanoke police have arrested a Vinton man and charged him with a March 1 double homicide in southeast Roanoke.

A grand jury on Monday indicted William Reno Ray, 23, on two counts of first-degree murder, after police arrested him on Friday, according to a Roanoke Police Department news release.

Officers responding to a wellness check at the Jamestown Place development on Queen Ann Drive found the bodies of April Barnicoat, 42, and Eric Surface, 44, of Salem, in Barnicoat’s home. Vinton police initiated the wellness check based on a report to its jurisdiction, according to a search warrant filed in the case.

Barnicoat and Surface had been dating for three years and were known as kind, soft-spoken people, family members and friends said in March. Ray and the couple knew each other, police said in the Monday news release.

Authorities have released few details about the case, other than to say that Barnicoat and Surface were found in separate rooms of her house. Asked on Monday about what caused their deaths, a police spokeswoman said she had no further information to share.

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