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Police: Arrests made in connection with 14-year-old double murder

VIRGINIA BEACH — Two men arrested in two separate days in two states in connection with a 14-year-old double murder case here.

On Saturday, Virginia Beach Police detectives — with the support of the Logansport (Indiana) Police Department, Cass County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office and the Indiana State Police — arrested Richard Stoner, 43, of Logansport. Stoner is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, police said.

Two days later, detectives, with the support of the Volusia County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, arrested Christopher Schmidt, 46, of Deltona, Florida.  Schmidt is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Police said both Stoner and Schmidt are awaiting extradition proceedings to bring them back to Virginia Beach.

It’s possible the pair will be facing additional charges, depending on a review of the case by the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, police said.

Additional details about the case and the circumstances that led to the arrests were not immediately released.

The case

On the morning of June 28, 2004, Virginia Beach first responders and police arrived at the 1100 block of Newcombe Road on a report of a gunshot wound victim.

There, they found three gunshot wound victims — one outside the home and the other two inside — and also discovered that the house was on fire.

The victim found outside the home was taken to a local hospital where he was treated, police said.

The other two victims were removed from the burning home and found to have had died from gunshot wounds, police said.

They were identified as 29-year-old Lois Schmidt and 7-year-old Jonathan Vetrano.

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