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Gabriel Felix Gomez, 31, was killed in northwest Roanoke last month.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Roanoke man charged with fatally shooting his stepson last month was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder by a grand jury Monday.
John Mark Altizer, 54, was charged April 20 with shooting Gabriel Felix Gomez outside Altizer’s home in the 3800 block of Highwood Road Northwest. Police responding to reports of gunshots found Gomez, 31, lying facedown outside the house.
A search warrant filed the following week said that Altizer admitted to police he shot Gomez and that he told them the weapon used in the incident was inside the house. Police took four firearms during their search, as well as cartridge cases, a backpack, a bullet, cash and three cellphones. They searched Altizer’s home as well as three vehicles.
Also on Monday, the grand jury indicted Roethke Kwabene Penn on a charge of forcible sodomy. Penn, 41, has been held since he was arrested in early January. He initially was denied bond at his Jan. 29 hearing in Roanoke Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, a decision he appealed to Roanoke Circuit Court, where it was again denied.
Court records show Penn is accused of committing sex crimes against a 12-year-old child sometime between January and July 2012. He had been a coach of a sixth-grade girls basketball team for two years when he was replaced over a separate matter on Dec. 4, team officials have said.
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