2 charged with 1st-degree murder in slaying of Hopewell cab driver

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HANOVER, Virginia — Police have charged two Richmond residents with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Hopewell cab driver.

Hanover County sheriff's Maj. Michael J. Trice says in a news release that investigators arrested 19-year-old Alisa N. Dejesus and 20-year-old Dyshawn D. Simpson in Richmond on Monday evening.

Dejesus and Simpson are accused of killing James Wells of Hopewell on Aug. 9, 2014. Wells' body was found inside a burned Marshall Cab vehicle that day.

Trice says the suspects hired Wells to take them from Hopewell to the Mechanicsville area. A fight occurred when they arrived in the Mechanicsville area and the cab driver was incapacitated.

Trice says Wells died of injuries related to the fire.

DeJesus and Simpson are being held without bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail.

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