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Posted on: September 28, 2023

Commonwealth's Attorney: Keyes Verdict Announced

Commonwealth's Attorney

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2023


Commonwealth's Attorney: Keyes Verdict Announced


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – A Charlottesville jury has convicted 38-year-old Tadashi Demetrius Keyes of first degree murder and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony for the January 28, 2023 homicide of 36-year-old Charlottesville resident, Eldridge Vandrew Smith.


Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania thanked the jury for their service and stated that “Charlottesville Detectives, Patrol Officers, and Forensic Technicians worked thoroughly and tirelessly in collecting and processing evidence in this case.  The prosecution would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication.  I am hopeful that this verdict lends some small measure of justice and closure to those that knew and loved Mr. Smith.”

Keyes will be sentenced on January 24, 2024 and is facing a potential life sentence.


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Joe Platania
Commonwealth's Attorney
City of Charlottesville
(434) 970-3179

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