Jury Finds Virginian Man Guilty of 2016 Murder in Pocomoke City - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Jury Finds Virginian Man Guilty of 2016 Murder in Pocomoke City

Posted: 09/14/2017 17:02:00 -04:00 Updated:
Anthony Marlon Tunnell Anthony Marlon Tunnell

SNOW HILL, Md. - A jury has found a Virginia man guilty of murdering a Pocomoke man in December of 2016.

According to the Worcester County State's Attorney, 36-year-old Anthony Tunnell of New Church, Va., was found guilty of first-degree Murder after a two day jury trial.

Tunnell was found guilty of killing 26-year-old James Allen, II, of Pocomoke City, Md., on December 1st, 2016.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning the verdict. At trial, prosecutors said that Tunnell had been communicating through text messages about his intent to kill Allen in the hours leading up to his murder.

Allen was shot once in the back prior to him collapsing in the middle of Market St. in downtown Pocomoke City.

According to the jury, the evidence recovered from the scene included multiple spent shell casings and a ski mask indicated that the murder was premeditated.

During closing arguments, Deputy State’s Attorney, Bill McDermott told the jury, “James Allen had been murdered in calculated, premeditated, cold blood.”

State’s Attorney for Worcester County, Beau Oglesby, who was the lead prosecutor on the case said, “The streets of Worcester County and the people of Pocomoke are immeasurably safer today now that this murderer has been convicted."

Tunnell has prior felonies to include weapons offenses, drug distributions and federal convictions as well.

A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by the Honorable Judge Richard R. Bloxom. A sentencing date has not yet been set, however The Office of the State’s Attorney has filed their intent to seek Life without the Possibility of Parole.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Ocean City's Mayor Pushes for Route 90 Expansion

    Ocean City's Mayor Pushes for Route 90 Expansion

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-10-23 23:00:25 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-10-23 23:00:25 GMT
    Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"
    Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"Ocean City Prepares For "College Beach Weekend"
    OCEAN CITY, Md--When you take Route 90 into Ocean City, you know how backed up it can get. The town of Ocean City wants transportation officials to make traffic less busy, by expanding Route 90. It's been one of the town's top priorities for years and offMore
    When you take Route 90 into Ocean City, you know how backed up it can get. The town of Ocean City wants transportation officials to make traffic less busy, by expanding Route 90. More
  • Vaughn Prison Riot Trials: Day 2

    Vaughn Prison Riot Trials: Day 2

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:50:55 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:50:55 GMT
    The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)
    The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, Del. is shown Feb. 1, 2017, the date when a deadly inmate riot started. (Photo: AP)
    Delaware correctional officers held hostage during last year's prison riot took the stand today in the second day of testimony in that caseMore
    Delaware correctional officers held hostage during last year's prison riot took the stand today in the second day of testimony in that caseMore
  • Lewes Fire Department Holds Public Forum on Siren

    Lewes Fire Department Holds Public Forum on Siren

    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:44:21 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-10-23 22:44:21 GMT
    LEWES, Del.- The frequency and noise level of the Lewes Fire Department's siren are the topic of a Tuesday night public forum downtown. The department is hosting the meeting at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center after some neighbors have asked questMore
    LEWES, Del.- The frequency and noise level of the Lewes Fire Department's siren are the topic of a Tuesday night public forum downtown. The department is hosting the meeting at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center after some neighbors have asked questMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Some Sussex County Communities Set Age Limit for Trick-Or-Treaters

    Some Sussex County Communities Set Age Limit for Trick-Or-Treaters

    Monday, October 22 2018 4:35 PM EDT2018-10-22 20:35:08 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:29 AM EDT2018-10-23 11:29:14 GMT
    Halloween is nearly a week away and parents and kids are gearing up for the big day. But some town and city officials throughout Sussex County, Delaware are encouraging that only kids under 12 participate in trick-or-treating to increase safety.More
    Halloween is nearly a week away and parents and kids are gearing up for the big day. But some town and city officials throughout Sussex County, Delaware are encouraging that only kids under 12 participate in trick-or-treating to increase safety.More
  • Defense Says Witness Played Major Role in Delaware Prison Riot

    Defense Says Witness Played Major Role in Delaware Prison Riot

    Monday, October 22 2018 6:12 PM EDT2018-10-22 22:12:35 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:32 AM EDT2018-10-23 11:32:36 GMT
    Aerial view of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)Aerial view of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)
    Aerial view of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)Aerial view of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)
    The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a fatal prison riot played a key role in the disturbance and...More
    The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes after a fatal prison riot played a key role in the disturbance and...More
  • Clayton Police Chief Pleads Guilty to First Offense DUI, Resigns

    Clayton Police Chief Avoids Jail Time After DUI Arrest

    Monday, October 22 2018 4:18 PM EDT2018-10-22 20:18:14 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 8:45 AM EDT2018-10-23 12:45:33 GMT
    A Kent County, Delaware police chief set to go to trial on a drunken driving charge has pleaded guilty and resigned his post.More
    A Kent County, Delaware police chief set to go to trial on a drunken driving charge has pleaded guilty and resigned his post.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Weather Impacts Local Farmers

    Weather Impacts Local Farmers

    We've experienced some wet weather this season and while you may think that's good for farm land...it's not. Many farmers say the rain has actually been too much for their crops.

    More

    We've experienced some wet weather this season and while you may think that's good for farm land...it's not. Many farmers say the rain has actually been too much for their crops.

    More
  • Trial Begins for Inmates in Deadly Delaware Prison Riot

    Trial Begins for Inmates in Deadly Delaware Prison Riot

    The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a deadly prison riot last year played a key role in the disturbance and likely ordered the killing of a prison guard, a defense attorney claimed during opening statements Monday.

    More

    The star prosecution witness in the trial of four Delaware inmates charged with murder, kidnapping and other crimes following a deadly prison riot last year played a key role in the disturbance and likely ordered the killing of a prison guard, a defense attorney claimed during opening statements Monday.

    More
  • Some Sussex County Communities Set Age Limit for Trick-Or-Treaters

    Some Sussex County Communities Set Age Limit for Trick-Or-Treaters

    Halloween is nearly a week away and parents and kids are gearing up for the big day. But town and city officials throughout Sussex County are encouraging that only kids under 12 participate in trick-or-treating to increase safety among children.  

    More

    Halloween is nearly a week away and parents and kids are gearing up for the big day. But town and city officials throughout Sussex County are encouraging that only kids under 12 participate in trick-or-treating to increase safety among children.  

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices