LARRY JOHNSON LITTLE JR.

Larry Johnson Little Jr.

A man accused last week of killing a Shenandoah County woman now remains held in the regional jail without bail.

Larry Johnson Little Jr. was booked at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Wednesday afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder. Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office agents transported Little from the Southern Regional Jail in Lewisburg, West Virginia, earlier that day.

Little is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court today, according to an RSW Regional Jail official.

Little, 44, of 424 Deloris Road, Basye, appeared in Greenbriar County, West Virginia, Circuit Court on Tuesday where he waived his right to an extradition hearing. A judge ordered that the suspect be returned to the custody of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office identified Little as a suspect in the death of Melanie Rose Little, 42, of 424 Deloris Road, Basye. The agency confirmed the woman’s identity and released her name on Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant Friday for Larry Little Jr.’s arrest on the charge of second-degree murder.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call on the evening of Oct. 1 from a relative of the suspect asking to check on his welfare, according to information provided by the agency last week. Deputies arrived at the Basye residence before 7 p.m. and found Melanie Little deceased, according to Sheriff’s Office information.

Sheriff Timothy Carter said Friday that Melanie Little likely died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a preliminary autopsy performed by the Office of the State Medical Examiner. Carter said he would not disclose information about the locations of the bullet wounds or when Melanie Little died. Carter also would not release details about the search conducted at the Basye residence in relation to the death investigation.

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