Second shooting in Axton, two dead

Second shooting in Axton, two dead

From the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office:

The Pittsylvania County 911 center received a call at approximately 9:30pm on 26, June 2024 that 2 subjects had been shot at 471 River Ridge Rd, Axton Va in Pittsylvania County. When the Deputies arrived, they found 2 individuals unresponsive with what appeared to be gunshot wounds outside the residence. Those individuals were pronounced dead at the scene. The Suspect was taken into custody on scene without incident.

  • Victim- 39-year-old Ashley Nicole Roberts of Roanoke Virginia, Daughter in Law to the suspect.
  • Victim- 41-year-old William Jason Roberts of Roanoke Virginia, Son of the suspect.

Both bodies have been transported to the Medical Examiners Office for Autopsy to determine cause and manner of death.

Suspect- 65- year-old William Lester Roberts of 471 River Ridge Rd, Axton Virginia has been charged with the following,

2 Counts 2nd Degree Murder

  • 2 Counts Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
  • 1 Count Discharging firearms within a dwelling

William Lester Roberts is being held without bond in the Pittsylvania County Jail.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Haskins and the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s Office for their assistance on this case.

This case is still under investigation, no further details will be provided at this time.