Logansport man charged in 2004 Virginia cold case

A man from Logansport is accused of being behind a 14 year old double homicide in Virginia.

Posted: Jun. 27, 2018 4:29 AM
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 4:31 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WLFI) — A man from Logansport is accused of being behind a 14 year old double homicide in Virginia.

42-year-old Richard Stoner has been charged with two counts of first degree murder for the death of a mother and her 7-year-old son in Virginia Beach in 2004. He is awaiting extradition.

Online court records show he also faces charges in Indiana for identity deception and false government identification.

Our affiliate in Virginia Beach reported the double homicide happened almost exactly 14 years ago, on June 28. Three people and two dogs had been shot and the home set on fire.

29-year-old Lois Schmidt and 7-year-old Jonathan Vetrano died, as well as one of the dogs.

Police said the case was never forgotten, and years of investigation eventually uncovered new information. That led them to Stoner, and 46- year old Christopher Schmidt of Florida, who was also arrested this week.

Family members of Lois and Jonathan said on the tenth anniversary in 2014, they were starting to believe they may never see an arrest.

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