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Man arrested for Portsmouth homicide also charged with armed robbery of Rite Aid Pharmacy

Posted at 4:28 PM, Oct 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-06 21:32:26-04
Wayne McClellan

Wayne McClellan

Portsmouth, Va. - Police were investigating a homicide and were able to solve an armed robbery case at the same time in Portsmouth.

Authorities found the dead body of 53-year-old John Craig in an apartment on George Washington Highway on Sunday, October 4th at 9 a.m.

A Chesapeake police officer was on the scene and called Portsmouth officers for help.

Police questioned 49-year-old Wayne F. McClellan, who they say actually told Chesapeake officers about the body inside of the apartment.

According to court documents, officers found Craig's body in the bedroom closet covered with a blanket.  His hands were tied up and he had a ligature around his neck.  McClellan told detectives he had assisted the victim with suicide.

Neighbors say they believe the body had been there for several days.

Detectives charged McClellan with first-degree murder and during the investigation, they also discovered that McClellan was allegedly involved in the armed robbery of a Rite Aid Pharmacy.

This happened on 2004 Victory Blvd. on October 3rd.

McClellan was subsequently charged with robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

No other details have been released.

NewsChannel 3 requested a jailhouse interview with McClellan, but police tell us he said "Hell no."

Stay with NewsChannel 3 for more updates.

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