- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Police charged two brothers with first-degree murder in the death of a Manassas man whose charred body was found in a vacant parking lot in the city’s Old Town neighborhood Tuesday morning, according to authorities.

In a press release, Manassas police identified the suspects as Springfield residents Richard Dale Sword, 50, and his brother Gerry Lee Sword, 49.  

Surveillance video showed the brothers putting Antonio Ricardo Bailey, 44, into a van owned by the elder Mr. Sword, police said. The van’s owner then drove the vehicle into the parking lot, removed Mr. Bailey and set Mr. Bailey on fire, despite Monday night’s severe storm.

Sgt. Lowell L. Nevill, a department spokesman, said authorities are still investigating whether Mr. Bailey was alive at the time he was set on fire. Sgt. Nevill could not comment on the motive for the killing.

Police found Mr. Bailey’s burned body on the 9000 block of Church Street, near the Olde Towne Inn, shortly after 7:30 a.m., according to the press release.

Pending autopsy results, Sgt. Nevill could not comment on the cause of Mr. Bailey’s death.

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