A Roanoke man had first-degree murder charges certified by a grand jury Monday in connection to a January home invasion.
Christopher Saunders will now have his case move forward in Roanoke City Circuit Court.
Police say Saunders broke down the door of a home on Hershberger Road on January 2nd. He then supposedly punched a woman in the face.
Her husband, Jeffrey Hairston, started to get out of bed. Before he could, police say Saunders punched him several times. Hairston later died.
The police report says the couple owed Saunders money. It didn't say why the money was owed.
Surveillance video showed a man stealing the tip jar from Uptown Joe's restaurant in Roanoke in early November. Now Harold Taylor had his charge of felony larceny certified by the grand jury.
Police say he took the jar from Uptown Joe's which had about 100 dollars. Surveillance video posted on Facebook generated a lot of interest on this story. Police aren't saying if Facebook users were the ones who helped track down the suspect.
Taylor was originally charged with petit larceny, but because he has two prior larceny convictions, this charge is a felony.
Two men charged with stabbing a man and stealing his SUV near Fallon Park in November will appear in circuit court on multiple felonies after the grand jury certified the charges.
Jason Barrett and Eugene Holdren are both charged with malicious wounding, carjacking and robbery for the incident on November 23 on Dale Avenue.
Authorities say they found the vehicle in a nearby wooded area and it was on fire. The victim's name is Mark Jones; police believe the attack was not random, but did not elaborate at the time of the alleged crimes.