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Assistant Manager at Virginia CVS Gets Life Sentence in Killing of Manager

Rex Mack Olsen was just months away from celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary

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    Assistant CVS Manager Sentenced to Life In Prison

    Rex Mack Olsen was just months away from celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary before he was killed in the parking lot of a Virginia CVS where he was manager. News4's David Culver reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018)

    A Fauquier County judge sentenced an assistant manager of a CVS store to life in prison Wednesday in the murder of the store's manager.

    Bernard Clark Duse Jr. was arrested and charged a week after 64-year-old Rex Mack Olsen was fatally shot July 26, 2017 near a dumpster outside a CVS on Blackwall Road in Warrenton, Virginia.

    Duse believed the victim had conspired with a CVS district manager to thwart Duse's application to become a store manager, the Fauquier County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office said. Duse pursued a claim against CVS, in which Olsen had testified on the company's behalf, according to the prosecutors.

    The claim was dismissed six weeks before the killing.

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    'A Very, Very Nice Man': CVS Customers Speak About Murder Victim

    People who shop at the CVS store in Warrenton, Virginia, say they're shocked after the store's manager was found dead and an employee is accused in his murder. News4's David Culver reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017)

    Olsen's wife, Julia, spoke Wednesday about her husband's memory. 

    "He was a wonderful guy. He was very, very funny. He was very intelligent. He was very fair," she said.

    They were a few months away from celebrating 40 years of marriage.

    Prosecutors say Duse waited behind the store on his day off and fatally shot Olsen as the victim put a bag of trash into a dumpster behind the store.

    "It was a murder imbued with a great deal of premeditation, lingering rage and malice," Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Fisher said in court Wednesday, according to a statement posted on the office's website.

    Prosecutors said Duse's cellphone records placed him at the scene of the crime. Without this information, Fisher said it's possible he would not have been convicted. 

    76-Year-Old CVS Employee Accused in Manager's Death

    [DC] 76-Year-Old CVS Employee Accused in Manager's Death

    A 76-year-old CVS employee has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of his supervisor at their Warrenton, Virginia, store, the Fauquier County Commonwealth's Attorney said.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017)

    A jury convicted Duse of first-degree murder in August and sentenced him to life in prison, plus three years for a firearm charge. A judge ratified the sentence Wednesday.

    Olsen, a resident of Reva, Virginia, worked for CVS for 25 years. He had managed the Warrenton store since 2008, the company said. 

    Customers of the store were shocked by the crime in their small town last year. Olsen was friendly and kind, they said. 

    "He was very, very sweet," customer Eric Sigmundsson said. "He was a very, very nice guy." 

    A photo of Olsen went on display in the store in the wake of his death.

    Duse was a Vietnam veteran who graduated from Harvard University.