A preliminary hearing in the case of Bryce T. Thomas, an 18-year-old charged with crimes in connection with a Sterling homicide earlier this year, has been continued to July 14 by his defense counsel’s request.
Thomas was arrested March 31 and charged with possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent and felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana. His arrest followed a March 8 shooting that happened in the area of Rusty Blackhaw Square. Shortly after 9 p.m. that day, several residents called to report gunfire. Responding deputies found two men suffering from serious injuries—one man located along the street and the other inside a nearby residence.
The first man, 20-year-old Jeremiah D. Gray of Temple Hills, MD, was taken to the hospital where he died. The man found inside the residence was Thomas.
Detectives determined the case involved a prearranged meeting between Thomas and a female. When the female arrived with Gray, an altercation ensued between the two men, which erupted in gunfire. The female fled and was located by investigators the following day.
Thomas has been held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center since March.
Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Kraig Troxell said the case remains under investigation, with no murder charges filed yet.