Norfolk Man Accused of Triple Murder About To Be Freed

by Kerry Dougherty

Good news for the soft-on-crime crowd: a suspected triple murderer is being freed in Norfolk because two witnesses didn’t show up for yesterday’s preliminary hearing.

And because it appears that prosecutors aren’t exactly breaking a sweat trying to get this case moving.

Antoine M. Legrande Jr.’s hearing was originally scheduled for September 6th – four months after he was arrested and charged with killing Virginian-Pilot reporter Sierra Jenkins as well as Marquel Andrews and Devon Harris. Two others were shot and injured. The victims were leaving Chicho’s Backstage on Granby Street in Norfolk on March 19th when they were gunned down outside.

Legrande was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, five counts of use of a firearm and two counts of malicious wounding.

Legrande’s September preliminary hearing was postponed after prosecutors whined that they needed more time to subpoena a witness and to review evidence including cell phone records, shell casings and bullets retrieved from the victims.

At the time, defense attorney Eric Korslund accused prosecutors of not doing their jobs:

“So basically they still have a lot of work to do and they can’t get a witness subpoenaed so the case has to be continued,” Korslund said. “He wants to have his day in court and I think it could be easily accomplished if people did their job.”

Prosecutors told the court, they need to subpoena a key witness who identified LeGrande as the shooter.

At yesterday’s court appearance two of the three witnesses who allegedly can place LeGrande at the scene of the shooting were no-shows.

Unacceptable. A subpoena is not a gentle invitation. It’s an order to appear. A show-cause order was issued for both of the AWOL witnesses to appear in court later this month to explain their absences.

Worse, the judge refused to continue the case again because a different judge at the September hearing said there would be no more postponements.


Someone needs to tell Norfolk’s prosecutors that there’s more to dragging witnesses into court than issuing subpoenas. They need to essentially babysit witnesses, by driving them to court if necessary and escorting them into the courtroom.

That’s doubly true of reluctant witnesses, which looks like the case here.

One would think that the case of an accused TRIPLE MURDERER in a high-profile case would be a top priority for the Norfolk’s prosecutor’s office. It certainly doesn’t appear that way.

It’s worth remembering that Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Ramon Fatehi is a George Soros-backed prosecutor.

Soros is a 92-year-old Hungarian immigrant worth an estimated $8.6 billion. He’s known for his efforts to remake the American justice system by getting left-wing, lenient prosecutors elected.

In 2021, he funneled $200,000 into Fatehi’s campaign through two of his PACs. Fox News reported on Soros’ interest in the Norfolk prosecutor:

Fatehi is the latest in a string of prosecutor candidates Soros has backed to reshape the Virginia criminal justice system. In 2019, Soros provided a significant cash infusion to three winning progressive candidates, Parisa Dehghani-Tafti in Arlington County (nearly $1 million from Soros); Buta Biberaj in Loudon County ($850,000 from Soros); and Steve Descano in Fairfax County ($600,000 from Soros). Soros also pushed $5,000 to Jim Hingeley in Albemarle County. However, unlike the other areas, most of that race’s funds did not come from Soros, but rather Sonjia Smith, a Democratic megadonor in Virginia politics.

Soros views prosecutors, who decide what crimes to prosecute and let slide, as a significant component of overhauling the criminal justice system. For years he has funded far-left prosecutor candidates in multiple areas, including Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Chicago, and Kim Gardner in St. Louis. His cash frequently boosts the furthest left candidates running in Democratic primaries.

Fatehi’s office has some explaining to do.

The families of the three victims have a right to expect that the killer of their loved ones will be brought to justice. And soon. Likewise, the accused has a right to a speedy trial.

All charges against Legrande were dropped yesterday because it appears the prosecutor’s case was not ready.

If Legrande is guilty, the city — already besieged by crime — is about to be even less safe with his release.

This is an outrageous situation.

Once again we’re reminded that elections have consequences. At a minimum, Norfolk needs to elect a prosecutor who can run a competent office that will be prepared for court appearances.

Looks like it may be time for Virginia’s Attorney General to step in to make sure justice is served for the three innocent people shot to death on a Saturday night in Norfolk.

This column has been republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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17 responses to “Norfolk Man Accused of Triple Murder About To Be Freed”

  1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
    Virginia Gentleman

    Hmmm — what high profile examples are there of people ignoring subpoenas? Seems to be a trend.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Well, SCOTUS is more than willing to hear their cases.

      Graham must appear, but he will only claim the Debate Clause on each and every question, and each is a separate appeal.

      1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
        Virginia Gentleman

        I find it interesting that there appears to be disgust and outcry against the citizens who fail to cooperate in this case but a complete free pass for the leaders of the Republican party who refuse to do the same thing.

    2. DJRippert Avatar

      Seems like Bannon will be sent to prison for failure to cooperate.

      1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
        Virginia Gentleman

        Excellent point. Hopefully, that will send a message to the Graham and Trump but more than likely the clock will run out and it won’t matter. Refusing and delaying will rule the day.

  2. At the night clubs are being held responsible

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      “And”, I presume.

  3. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    Agreed this is terrible and perhaps the prosecutor was lax, but this highlights the biggest problem in all these crime-ridden neighborhoods. Witnesses either don’t care or are afraid. Perhaps they were friends of the perp, or friends of friends and got threatened. When enough people stand up to the thugs, something can be done, but not if everybody just walks away. Not a new issue.

    1. Nancy Naive Avatar
      Nancy Naive

      Well, upstanding courageous citzens could patrol around in these neighborhoods and per chance witness a crime. This would give them the opportunity to stand up to violent criminals.

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        To paraphrase the famous saloon keeper, there are certain parts of downtown Norfolk (or Richmond) that I wouldn’t advise you or me to invade. Not at 2 a.m. last call anyway.

        1. Nancy Naive Avatar
          Nancy Naive

          I grew up in EOV. I lost much of that fear by 12. Now, that only means those areas are much smaller for me, but they do still exist.

  4. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
    Dick Hall-Sizemore

    What is the prosecutor supposed to do when key witnesses do not show up? They certainly cannot proceed with trial because there would a higher risk of acquittal. Kerry does not know the whole story. Perhaps the witnesses were cooperative and seemed willing to testify and then changed their minds at the last minute (or had their minds changed for them).

    The charges were dismissed, presumably “without prejudice”, which means that that the prosecutors can bring the charges again if they can get the witnesses to cooperate.

    Kerry just had to bring the irrelevant issue of George Soros into the discussion. Those who complain about “Soros” prosecutors complain about charges not being brought or reduced. That certainly was not the case here.

    And what is Miyares going to do in this situation? He has no jurisdiction. He can provide assistance only upon the request of the local prosecutor.

    Kerry is throwing so much irrelevant stuff up. One part of the title of her blog is unfortunatlely, blatantly true: Unedited.

    1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
      Virginia Gentleman

      Perhaps she should add “unresearched” or simply “untrue”.

    2. DJRippert Avatar

      “At yesterday’s court appearance two of the three witnesses who allegedly can place LeGrande at the scene of the shooting were no-shows.”

      Why not continue with the one witness who apparently did show?

      Miyares could and should use his “bully pulpit” of being the Attorney General to publicly flail Fatehi and the other Soros-backed CAs who are soft on crime and / or incompetent.

      People don’t pay enough attention to the election of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. That’s exactly what George Soros has been counting on. It’s time for that to change.

  5. Ruckweiler Avatar

    Been in Virginia since 1963 and have never visited Norfolk. With this sort of insanity, three murdered and the charges are dropped (?!), it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll go there anytime soon. Is there a recall for this prosecutor in the works?

    1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      What would you have had the prosecutor do when two key witnesses did not show up for the trial although they had been subpoenaed?

      And the charges were not “dropped”. They were dismissed by the court because the state could not try the defendant at that time. It does not mean that the charges cannot be reinstated and the defendant brought to trial.

      1. Ruckweiler Avatar

        Not being an attorney I must have missed the import of what you mentioned. Thanks for clarifying. Still, a Soros-backed anything is a disaster to me.

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