By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on May 3, 2021
Update: The Superior Court Trial Coordinator reports that the continuation of today’s scheduled court date was not granted by the judge, but agreed to by attorneys in the case.
May 3 at 10:40 am: The second-degree murder case against John (Jay) Tolson — accused of killing Kitty Hawk resident LeeAnn Fletcher in her home last July — has been continued again.
After having a court date continued from March, Tolson was scheduled to appear in Dare County Superior Court on May 3. But court officials now say the case has been moved again, with the new date to be revealed at the end of the current session.
Tolson was arrested in Maine back in October, about three months after 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.
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