William Veronee

Family dispute leads man to fatally shoot older brother, flee in his stolen car: Cops

Authorities in Virginia have arrested a South Carolina man accused of killing his brother this week following a dispute.

According to WTVR, the body of 33-year-old Christopher Andrew Veronee was found Tuesday evening in Stafford County. His younger brother, 21-year-old William Jackson Veronee, of Aiken, South Carolina, was arrested hundreds of miles away by police in Roanoke after he confessed to the homicide.

Detectives believe the murder occurred Monday afternoon.

“Police were notified of a suspicious subject by staff at a cold weather shelter,” said a spokesperson with the Stafford Sheriff’s Office. “The subject spoke with responding officers, and was then taken into custody by Roanoke Police. The Stafford Sheriff’s Office was notified and deputies then located the deceased victim at his home on Holly Drive. The stolen vehicle was recovered by Roanoke Police.”

The younger Veronee allegedly stole the victim’s car after shooting him.

As WDBJ reported, he made it as far as Roanoke before the vehicle broke down. When he arrived a cold weather shelter in the area, staff reported him to police as a “suspicious suspect.”

Authorities in Stafford County believe an argument led to the violent crime.

“Deputies responded to the area of Holly Drive after the Roanoke Police Department notified the Stafford Sheriff’s Office that they had a subject in custody who had admitted to shooting and killing his brother in Stafford,” according to the sheriff’s office statement.

Investigators say “an unknown dispute occurred between the suspect and the victim.”

William Veronee faces multiple charges related to his brother’s death, including second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

[Featured image: William Jackson Veronee/Stafford Sheriff’s Office]