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Arrest Made In 1993 Murder

New information from the investigation of the 1993 murder of a New Jersey man led to the arrest this week of a former South Boston man on a charge of first-degree murder, according to Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin.

Ryall Quincy Majors, aka “Tiny,” 36, formerly of 504 Westside Drive, was charged with the Sept. 20,1993 murder of Clifton Tony Briggs of 675 W. Fourth Street, Plainfield, N.J., Noblin said. Briggs was 30-years-old at the time of his death.

Majors has been incarcerated in the federal correctional facility in Butner, N.C. on unrelated charges, the sheriff said.

On the night of Sept. 30, 1993 a call came in to the sheriff’s office around 11:30 that a person was slumped over behind the steering wheel of a vehicle in the middle of Westside Drive near its intersection with Forest Trail, said Investigator J.D. Clay.

Deputies S.M. Cassada and L.W. Fears were the first officers to arrive at the scene, and they found Briggs dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Clay said.

The Virginia State Police mobile forensic unit processed the scene, and state police and sheriff’s office investigators conducted interviews, Noblin said.

“After years of no information and dead avenues, we got new information in 2008,” Clay explained.

“Different individuals have been interviewed in this case,” Clay added. “We’ve had a lot of cooperation from the state police and other agencies in Virginia and North Carolina assisting us in this case.”

A Halifax County grand jury handed down the murder indictment for Majors on July 13, 2009. He was brought to Halifax County on Tuesday, and Cpl. P.C. Clayton served him with the capias warrant issued by Halifax County Circuit Court. Majors appeared in Circuit Court Wednesday for an advisement hearing.

He currently is being held in the Halifax Adult Detention Center awaiting trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 27, according to Capt. Cassada.

“This definitely qualifies as a ‘cold case,’” the sheriff said. “It took a lot of legwork and a lot of time.

“We appreciate all the cooperation from the many citizens who provided information in this case,” Noblin added.