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This is the Newland residence where the domestic disturbance occurred. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2014-01-03 08:54:51
Last modified: 2014-01-03 11:48:20

Second victim dies

by Caroline Harris

Newland Police Chief Jason Brown confirmed that a second victim of an assualt in late December in Newland has died from her injuries.

An Elk Park man is in police custody on murder and attempted first-degree murder charges, following a man and a woman found severely injured following a Newland domestic disturbance early Dec. 29.

According to Brown, at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, the Newland Police Department was dispatched to a domestic disturbance at 200 Summer Haven St. in Newland. Upon arrival, officers located Ronald William Buchanan, 69, of Summer Haven Street, Newland, and Brandy Rose, no age or address available, in the living room. Both Buchanan and Rose had been assaulted, Brown said.

Buchanan and Rose were transported to Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville, according to Brown.

 Rose was then transported to Johnson City Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

She later died from her injuries, Brown said.

The time and location of her death were not available by presstime.

Buchanan died shortly after arriving at Cannon Memorial Hospital, according to a Newland Police Department press release.

Newland Police Department arrested and charged Oscar Martin Cook III, 30, of 290 Main St., Apartment 4, in Elk Park, with murder and attempted first-degree murder. Cook is being held at Avery County Jail with bond to be set by a judge.