Murder Charges Filed Against Accomplice Following Investigation Into December New Church Fire

Staff Report —

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Chesapeake Field Office, responded Dec. 4, 2021, to a request by the New Church Fire Department to investigate a suspicious fire with a deceased victim located in the residence.

“When agents arrived at the residence, it was noted that the victim had a gunshot wound to the face and a deep laceration to the neck,” said Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya in a May 23 press release. Gary J. Fleig Sr. was charged Dec. 9, 2021, for his role in the homicide. 

On May 16, 2022, in consultation with the Accomack County Commonwealth’s Attorney J. Spencer Morgan, warrants were obtained for an accomplice based on the results of the continuing investigation. Wendy Dawn Taylor, 46, of New Church, and spouse of Gary Fleig Sr., has been charged with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, arson of an occupied dwelling, breaking and entering with intent to commit a violent felony, and robbery. 

Ms. Taylor is currently incarcerated in Worcester County, Md., for her involvement in another criminal activity within their jurisdiction. 

The criminal investigation is ongoing. 

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