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Courts

  • Grand jury indicts 26

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 26 people on 36 drug and other charges last Friday.
    The grand jury also sealed several indictments, which will be opened once those named have been arrested.
    Indictments included:
    • Timothy James Hicks was indicted on three charges, attempted statutory burglary, statutory burglary and statutory burglary in the night time.

  • Galax homicide suspect in custody

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    and SARA BLANKENSHIP
    Staff

    A Roanoke woman was recently charged with first-degree murder after police found a man stabbed to death at The Galax Motel on the night of June 22.

  • Former band director pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    INDEPENDENCE — Donald R. Munsey Jr., a former band director for the Grayson County School system, pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in Grayson County General District Court on Monday.

  • Murder suspect waives preliminary hearing

    Staff Report

    Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger of Galax has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all charges, and his case will go directly to a grand jury.

    Nofsinger appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Thursday.

    He is charged with the murders of Alyssa A. Kenny and her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, which were reported on March 19, 2016. Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.

  • Fourteen suspects face drug charges in May

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office charged 14 individuals with drug-related offenses during the month of May.

    Charges include:

  • New trial date set for car chase suspect

    INDEPENDENCE — Travis Dale Coulson, indicted on multiple charges in a car chase in Galax that occurred earlier this year — which allegedly caused another driver to crash through a house — has been rescheduled for a jury trial in Grayson County.
    Coulson, 38, of Galax, was scheduled to appear in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday; but the date was continued that morning, according to the circuit court database.
    The new trial date is June 8, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial is scheduled to last one day.

  • Natalie Keepers trial delayed

    BLACKSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, 20, of Laurel, Md., accused in the death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, has been postponed.
    Originally, it was scheduled for March 27. No new date has been set.
    Keepers is charged with being an accessory before the fact to first-degree murder and concealing a body. Lovell’s body was found beside Route 89, just south of Galax, a few days after her disappearance in January 2016.

  • Plea accepted in dog attack case

    INDEPENDENCE — John Terry Underwood II, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers, entered a plea to three charges in Grayson County Circuit Court on March 2.

    Underwood, 52, of Independence, was scheduled for a two-day jury trial last week. He was indicted by a grand jury on three charges: failure to contain a vicious dog resulting in serious human injury, child abuse or neglect and felony homicide.

  • Trial dates set in dog attack case

    Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood II, two Grayson County residents charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15 month-old girl, have been scheduled for separate jury trials in Grayson County Circuit Court in the coming months.
    Court records confirmed last week that Connell is scheduled for a jury trial on May 11, beginning at 9 a.m. The trial has been set for two days, according to the database.
    Underwood is scheduled for a jury trial on March 2, beginning at 9 a.m. He is also scheduled for a pre-trial motion hearing on Feb. 23, according to the database.

  • Court to hear motions in Lovell murder case

    CHRISTIANSBURG — As Natalie Keepers prepares for four days of motions hearings this month, her attorney wants a judge to throw out incriminating statements she made to police during the investigation of Nicole Lovell’s death.
    Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg, was killed in January 2016 and her body was found just outside Grayson County.