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      Amherst Co. Officials Make Arrest in 2004 Murder

      Residents in the area found Phillip James dead in a ditch on River Road in Madison Heights back in January of 2004.

      Amherst Co., VA - The Amherst County Sheriff's Office has announced an arrest in a cold case murder from 2004.

      The sheriff's office says Alex Raymond Valerio, aka "Chino", 33, was arrested in Baltimore.

      Valerio is charged with murder in the death of Phillip James.

      Residents in the area found James dead in a ditch on River Road in Madison Heights back in January of 2004.

      James was from New York and had checked into a motel earlier that day.

      Valerio is being held in Baltimore pending an extradition hearing.

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