Millsboro men died from multiple gunshot wounds

Police say shooting not random
January 15, 2014
Two men were shot several times in a double murder discovered Jan. 14 on Harmons Hill Road. BY NICK ROTH

The two men found dead in a Harmons Hill Road home Jan. 14 died from multiple gunshot wounds, police say.

William Hopkins, 27, and Cletis T. Nelson, 29, both listed as from Millsboro, were found inside the residence by Nelson's relative when no word from him was heard, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

Their bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner who determined the men died in a double homicide resulting from “multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body,” Shavack said.

Neighbors living next to the residence heard no gunshots the night before or during the days leading up to when the bodies were found.

“It's been quiet,” said Beth Suydanm, “We hadn't heard anything.”

After preliminary investigation, Shavack said police do not believe the double murder was a random act.

Property owner Julie Ennis-Hall said she knew nothing about the two men found dead in her rental property. She said she was renting to another man who was out of jail; she didn't know whether Hopkins or Nelson was living there.

Police ask anyone with information on the double murder to call Det. Fred Chambers at 388-0196, call 1-800-TIP-3333, go to, text 274637 using keyword DSP or download an app at

Editor's Note: In deference to the grieving families of the victims, this story has been edited to remove information related to the past history of both Hopkins and Nelson.

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