Two members of MS-13 charged with capital murder in Raymond Wood case
BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) - Two men charged in the death of Raymond Wood have now been charged with capital murder.
Josue Coreas-Ventura, age 20, and Lisandro Posada-Vasquez, age 24, went before a grand jury Friday morning.
The two have now been charged with capital murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
The third defendant Victor Arnoldo Rodas, age 19, has been charged with first degree murder, robbery, abduction for pecuniary benefit, and participation in a criminal act in association with a criminal street gang.
Officials say the different charges reflect the alleged different levels of participation in the death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood.
The commonwealth says they decided to charge Capital Murder based upon the thorough investigation of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police, the Lynchburg City Police Department, and a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies.
Officials say arrest warrants will be issued and served against the three men.
Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for June 13 are no longer taking place as those charges will be nolle prosequied.
They say the three are being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail System, and their initial appearance in the Bedford County Circuit County will be determined after the arrest warrants are served.
The three are members of MS-13, a street gang known for their violence.
Wood was found dead on Roaring Run Road in Goode on Monday, March 27.
The three gang members were arrested and charged on Friday, March 31.
The investigation into the death of Raymond Wood continues even after these charges.
Anyone who believes that they may have information helpful to this investigation is urged to contact the Bedford County Sheriff's Office at 540-586-4800.