By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on March 3, 2021
The office of First District DA Andrew Womble confirmed today that the second-degree murder case against John (Jay) Tolson in the killing of LeeAnn Fletcher has been continued until May 3. Tolson, currently incarcerated, had been scheduled for an appearance in Dare County Superior Court this week.
Tolson was arrested in Maine back in October, about three months after LeeAnn Fletcher was found unresponsive in her Kitty Hawk home, on July 22, 2020. She died three days later.
Tolson’s arrest came shortly after a long-awaited autopsy report from the Virginia Medical Examiner’s office determined her cause of death to be “complications of blunt force trauma to the head with hepatic cirrhosis with clinical hepatic failure contributing.”
The arrest also came after an impassioned and aggressive campaign by LeeAnn’s friends and family — spearheaded by her first cousin and close friend, Trisha Cahoon — to keep the case prominent in the public eye, largely through the use of social media. Those supporters expressed the belief that Tolson was the perpetrator and also used the campaign to air their concerns that local law enforcement was not adequately and thoroughly investigating the case.
One significant event during the investigation occurred early in September when the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) joined the probe, at the request of Womble.