By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on June 30, 2021
District Attorney Andrew Womble said on June 30 that he expects to select a date for the second-degree murder trial against John (Jay) Tolson on or about Aug. 30 after the case was continued this week at the request of defense counsel.
Tolson is accused of killing Kitty Hawk resident LeeAnn Fletcher in her home last July. While the case was continued this week, Womble indicated in an email to the Voice that his office had just released “additional discovery information” to Tolson’s legal counsel.
Tolson was arrested in Maine back in October 2020, about three months after Fletcher was found unresponsive in her Kitty Hawk home, on July 22, 2020. She died three days later.
That 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.