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Courts

  • Jones to spend life in prison

     

    By Shaina Stockton

    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- Matthew Steven Jones was sentenced to life in prison by the Grayson County Circuit Court on Friday morning, after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George of Fries.

    Jones, 36, was convicted in November 2014, following a three-day trial that included evidence and testimonies from around 30 witnesses.

  • Jury selection for murder trial will begin on first day, attorney says

    INDEPENDENCE — The jury selection for the murder trial of George Albert Harper III will begin on the morning of the trial, which is now set for the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.
    Harper, who has been charged in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings, is the second suspect to be tried in this case. Last year, Chad Allen Reeves was put on trial for the murder, and was found not guilty.

  • Grayson grand jury indicts 12

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Twelve people were indicted on 15 charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met last Friday.
    Nathan Willard Wagner, 24, of Galax, was indicted on two charges, statutory burglary and grand larceny.
    He allegedly entered 58 Grocery in Baywood and carried away lottery tickets, cigarettes and beer valued at more than $200.
    Other indictments included:
    • Amber Shaffer Bunn – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

  • Preliminary hearing set for murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing through the Grayson County General District Court on Aug.1 at 9:30 a.m.
    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.  

  • Hearing delayed in dog mauling case

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing date has been set for Terra Connell and John Underwood of Independence; who have received several charges in the Jan. 6 dog attack that resulted in the death of 15 month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

  • Preliminary hearing set in capital murder case

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    GALAX — The preliminary trial for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., charged in the killings of a Galax mother and daughter, has been set for July 22 at 2 p.m. in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Court.
    Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.
    According to the Clerk of Court’s office, the hearing will not be open to the public.

  • Sealed indictments opened

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several prisoners serving sentences in state prisons across Virginia have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.
    The grand jury met April 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests could be made.

  • Anderson pleads guilty to embezzlement, forgery

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE -- A former secretary and bookkeeper at Grayson County High School has pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from school and other accounts.
    Shelia Wood Anderson of Mouth of Wilson pleaded guilty last Thursday to six felony charges: three counts of embezzlement and three counts of forgery/uttering.
    Anderson was indicted on the six charges Oct. 23, 2015, by a Grayson County grand jury.

  • Nofsinger indicted by federal grand jury

    ABINGDON — Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. made his initial appearance in federal court at a nine-minute hearing on Monday to answer for child sexual exploitation charges.
    The nine-minute hearing in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon was related to federal charges placed after Nofsinger was arrested in connection with the killings of a Galax infant and her mother.

  • Galax man indicted for burglary, larceny

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Galax man has been indicted on two charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grandy jury.
    According to court records, Bobby Lee Hawks, 29, was indicted on charges of statutory burglary of property owned by Aaron Phillips and grand larceny.
     The grand jury met July 24, 2015 and returned the indictments, which were sealed.