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Details remain scarce in death of elderly woman

A preliminary hearing for a 39-year-old South Boston man charged with first-degree murder has been set for Monday, June 13, in Halifax General District Court.

James L. Terry was arrested on the murder charge last month after the body of 84-year-old Charlotte Osborne Rice was discovered in her North Main Street home when authorities responded to a report of a possible breaking and entering.

Acting on a 911 call to police from Rice’s neighbor, Joe Taylor, police arrived at the North Main Street residence where they apprehended Terry following a foot pursuit through yards neighboring Rice’s Victorian house.

South Boston Police Lt. B. K. Lovelace said Terry has been charged with murder, and additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

Lovelace said Friday Terry remains the lone suspect in the case, but he declined to detail the cause of Rice’s death.

Although an autopsy report has been released to authorities, Lovelace said he continues to wait for results from the forensics lab to determine the cause of death.

Terry, a registered sex offender, is being held without bond in the Halifax County Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

According to General District Court records, Terry is scheduled to appear in general district court this morning on an unrelated charge of appearing in public intoxicated.