Two charged in Prince William with July murder of Louisa man

The Prince William County Police Department has charged two men with the second-degree murder in July of a 32-year-old Louisa resident.

James Grooms, of Louisa, went to the area of Buell Court and Old Triangle Road in Dumfries on the evening of July 20 after arranging to buy marijuana, according to Sgt. Jonathan Perok, a Prince William police spokesman.

One or more of the men who met Grooms intended to rob him, Perok said in a statement. Grooms was shot, and died of his wounds at a nearby hospital.  

“During the extensive investigation, detectives identified several suspects tied to the [shooting],” Perok said. “With assistance from the [county’s] special investigations bureau and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, all four suspects were subsequently located and arrested.”

Joshua Hurtado, 19, of Dumfries, was charged on Sept. 5 with second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony. The second suspect, Shawn Deion Brown Jr., 21, of Dumfries was arrested on the same charges on Aug. 13.

Two other men, Walter Aristides Guevara-Perez, 28, and Alexis Vladimir Guevara-Perez, 23, both of Falls Church, were charged with conspiracy to violate the drug control act. 

All four men are being held without bond and will appear next in Prince William General District Court in October.