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Albemarle County police arrest woman for murder

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Emergency responders converged on 2110 Stony Point Road after Shawna Marie Murphy allegedly told a 911 operator that she killed Matthew S. Farrell.

Albemarle County police on Tuesday arrested a county woman for second degree murder after a domestic disturbance at a home on Stony Point Road.

Shawna Marie Natalie Murphy, 38, is charged with second degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, police said.

“She was taken into custody without incident,” said Capt. Kevin Miller, patrol division commander.

Court records on the case were not available Tuesday.

Police said officers were called at 8:26 a.m. to a home in the 2100 block of Stony Point Road on a domestic dispute call and arrived around at 8:41 a.m. to find a person dead from a gunshot wound.

The victim’s identity is being held pending notification of the next of kin.

The area around the home had a heavy police presence for much of Tuesday as investigators combed for clues.

Murphy is being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. No initial court appearance appears to have been set, according to available court records.

The shooting death is the third in a little more than a month, although none of the shootings appear to be related.

A series of shots rang out early Sunday morning on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall and left one man dead and two bystanders injured. Police say the incident occurred around 1 a.m. and in the 200 block of West Main Street

“Two male individuals were involved in an altercation that occurred inside of a bar where shots were fired. More shots were then fired outside of the bar,” police said in a statement. “The victim, who was later identified as Davonn J. Wilson, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was later pronounced deceased at University of Virginia Medical Center.”

A week before, just about a block away near the Charlottesville Omni Hotel, two teenage boys were struck by gunfire around 5:15 p.m. Police later arrested three teenage boys in the shootings.

On Sept. 28 at about 2:40 p.m., shots were fired in the 900 block of Anderson Street. When officers arrived, they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to UVa Medical Center.

Early in the morning of Sept. 17, Daquain Maurice Anderson was shot and killed near Court Square.

No arrests have been made in the killings of either Anderson or Wilson.

Alice Berry contributed to this report

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