TreVaughan Lee Veney is charged with felony First Degree Murder and Accessory before the fact in the shooting death of Eduardo J. Garner, 28, of Farnham. The shooting allegedly took place on July 21. Garner was pronounced dead at the scene. It was the fist homicide in Richmond County in 15 years.
The Richmond County Sheriffs Department responded to a call around 2:30 a.m. that a vehicle was parked in the area of Route 3 and Farnham Creek Road. Upon arriving on the scene, deputies found the vehicle and the body Jay Garner lying on the ground; he was pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Veney’s father, Michael Veney, who allegedly borrowed the gun from his son TreVaughan, is also charged with First Degree Murder.
Defense attorney David Whaley of Richmond presented testimony to the court that Veney was not a threat to society and due to his lack of criminal history and no history of drugs or alcohol that Veney should be granted bond. Whaley stated Veney loaned his father a gun in which he allegedly committed a murder with and then returned the gun to Veney.
Commonwealth Attorney Libby Tribal countered with the seriousness of the charge and that Veney was considered an accessory and added that Veney’s safety should be taken into consideration concerning bond.
The Honorable Circuit Court Judge Michael McKenney agreed that times have changed and you hear of more and more witnesses and victims being threatened in all jurisdictions these days. “It’s just not like it use to be,” McKenney said.
Whaley argued that Veney has lived here all of his life and he has the support of his family members and friends who attended the hearing on Monday.
McKenney denied bond and set the next court date for January 7.