Fourth man charged in David Cowan homicide


In a media release, Charlottesville Police reported that they have arrested and charged a fourth man in the death of David "Gundo" Cowan.  According to Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Brandon Jackson, 21, turned himself in to city police this morning. Cowan’s death marked the first of the year in Charlottesville.

In February, Cowan, 30, was found dead at the corner of Eighth and Page streets in the Westhaven neighborhood, home to the city’s largest public housing development as well as members of the victim’s family. So far, three other men have been arrested and charged in connection with the February 3 homicide: Jermaine Mulford and Whitmore Merrick were arrested within two weeks of Cowan’s death, and await a preliminary hearing on Thursday, June 30. Latron Brown was arrested in May and also is slated to appear before the Charlottesville General District Court on Thursday. Jackson is slated for an August 11 preliminary hearing.