Three Charged in Virginia Homicide

Updated: 05/09/2014 5:18 PM
Created: 05/09/2014 1:31 PM

Prosecutors have filed charges against three men previously identified as persons of interest in a Virginia homicide.

39-year-old Bartholamy Jake Drift of Nett Lake, 42-year-old Anthony James Isham of Nett Lake, and 38-year-old John Edward Isham of Virginia all face second-degree murder charges.

Harley Jacka, 28, was found dead in an apartment on Fifth Street South on April 29.  According to a criminal complaint, the tenant told police he found the body after returning from three nights away and that Drift had been staying at the apartment.

Court documents say the three suspects gave varying accounts of what happened.  According to the criminal complaint:

  • Drift told police he saw Jacka sitting on a couch with blood and saw Anthony Isham with a knife in his hand; Drift also told police John Isham told him he had beat Jacka.
  • Anthony Isham told police he saw Jacka dead on the floor and Drift and John Isham covered in blood.
  • John Isham told police he left the residence with Anthony Isham and Drift still there, and that Jacka had already left.
  • Relatives of John Isham told police John Isham came to their residence and said that Anthony Isham had killed a white man; one of those relatives told police John Isham later said Drift stabbed Jacka.

An autopsy found Jacka was stabbed fifteen times and had stab wounds to the head, face, neck, and chest.

The three suspects are already in custody on other charges.  They are scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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