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Courts

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    By SHANNON WATKINS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Reeves murder trial begins

    By SHANNON WATKINS and CHUCK BURRESS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The break in the cold case investigation of Brandon Billings’ 2002 slaying occurred in 2010 when the former live-in girlfriend of accused slayer Chad Allen Reeves implicated him in the case, court proceedings revealed Monday.

    Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said in opening arguments that Tammy Simone provided the break when she described for investigators what Reeves told her in the hours after Billings was killed on Oct. 6, 2002.

  • Convicted killer Jones' attorney: New evidence in case

     

    By Shaina Stockton

    Staff

     

    HILLSVILLE -- Though he was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, Matthew Steven Jones has not had his last day in court.

    After a trial in Grayson County Circuit Court, Jones was found guilty in November 2014 of first-degree murder in the strangling death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, and sentenced March 6 to life in prison without parole, with an additional three years suspended and a $100,000 fine.

  • VDGIF charges Grayson County supervisor with misdemeanor baiting violation

    INDEPENDENCE -- A member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors has been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor in connection with an alleged hunting violation.

    According to court records, David Mack Sexton of Fries was charged with “bait hunting area – causing violation.” The records say the alleged violation occurred Oct. 18.

    Sexton is the At-Large member of the Grayson County Board of Supervisors.

  • Grand jury issues 32 charges

    A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 20 people on 32 charges on July 25.

    Carolyn Brittney Caviness led the list with six indictments, three for forgery and three for uttering a forged document.

    Other indictments included:

    • Timothy Eric Clontz – possession of a schedule II controlled substance (meth).

    • Kenneth Neil Carico – driving after being found to be an habitual offender.

    • Donny Lee Moore – possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Memories questioned in Jones murder case

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    HILLSVILLE — A witness’ testimony in the murder trial against Matthew Steven Jones was heard on Monday as part of an evidence suppression hearing at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Jones is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Desia Rae George, 33, of Fries, who was reported missing on April 16, 2013. Jones was reportedly the last person to see her before she disappeared. She was found dead beside a road in Grayson County about a month later.

  • Suspect in murder case makes court appearance

    Matthew Steven Jones appeared in Grayson County Circuit Court last Friday for a suppression hearing, but it was delayed because a witness in the case could not be located.

    Karen Boyer of Hillsville, Jones’ attorney, asked Judge Brett Geisler to set another date for the hearing.

  • Public Record, June 18, 2014

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record. The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.  

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  • Facebook post leads to arrest

    GALAX - A posting on a local yard sale Facebook page led to the arrest of Kevin Leonardo Mittman, 33, of Galax on Tuesday, June 10.

  • Spencer indicted for exploitation

    A Grayson County grand jury has indicted Margie M. Spencer of Mouth of Wilson on two counts of financial exploitation of a mentally handicapped person.