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Courts

  • Underwood sentenced in dog attack case

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – The atmosphere inside the Grayson County Circuit court was emotional last Thursday during the sentencing of John Terry Underwood II, 52, of Independence, who was charged in connection with the dog mauling death of a 15-month-old girl on the night of Jan. 6, 2016.

  • Suspect in shooting death scheduled for three-day jury trial

    INDEPENDENCE – A trial date has been set for Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, who is charged in the 2016 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.
    According to the circuit court database, Davis is scheduled for a three-day jury trial, beginning August 23.
    Davis was indicted on four charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury in January: kill and murder, malicious shooting, possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a violent crime and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony – subsequent offense.

  • Two indicted on breaking and entering charges

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – A Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury returned 10 indictments against a Galax man and a Rich Creek woman in connection with the alleged breaking and entering of a home in the Baywood community on April 19.
    The grand jury met April 28 and issued 117 indictments against 64 suspects. Several of the indictments were sealed.
    Indictments are unsealed once arrests are made.

  • Jury trial set for Connell

    INDEPENDENCE — Terra Lynn Connell, charged in the 2016 dog attack death of a 15 month-old girl, has been scheduled for a two-day jury trial in Grayson County Circuit Court on Oct. 5 and 6.
    The trial date was set last Friday by the court system, a day later than previously planned due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Sealed indictments opened; three charged

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Six more sealed indictments issued by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that met in Independence on April 28 have been opened.
    Indictments were sealed until the suspects were arrested.
    Three indictments were handed down against Brian James Hayes of Whitetop. They included: one count for the grand larceny of a firearm; one count for larceny with the intent to sell stolen property; and one count for the possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony.

  • Circuit Court Clerk receives positive audit

    The Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office recently received positive results from a completed audit of the county’s court system, which confirm that no deficiencies were found in the system from the January 2016 through March 31.
    Hon. Susan M. Herrington, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Grayson County, recently shared two pieces of correspondence regarding the completion of the audit with the Declaration.

  • Chapman found guilty of first degree murder

    By SHANNON WATKINS
    Staff

    HILLSVILLE —Yashisca Dushawn Richardson Chapman, 41, of Roanoke, was found guilty of murder in the first degree in the stabbing death of Roland Eugene Clayton Jr., 51, also of Roanoke, in the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, June 12.
    The jury recommended a sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

  • Fugitives from justice charged in Grayson

    The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office made two recent arrests of reported fugitives from justice.
    According to recent news releases from the sheriff’s office, Shawn Dale Allen, 46, of 171 Glade Valley Rd. in Sparta, N.C., was arrested for being a fugitive from justice from North Carolina.
    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Carrico received information from the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office that Allen may be in the Grayson County area operating a motorcycle. 

  • Williams indicted for malicious wounding

    By LARRY CHAMBERS
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — A suspect in an October 2018 vehicle fatality on U.S. 58 in Independence has been indicted on four counts of malicious wounding by a Grayson County grand jury.
    Indictments against 10 individuals were recently unsealed in Grayson County Circuit Court, after the grand jury met April 26 to hear the cases and approve formal charges. These indictments, including firearm and drug charges, were sealed until the suspects could be arrested.

  • Grayson County grand jury indicts 20

    By Larry Chambers
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Twenty people were indicted for drug and other charges by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury that convened last Friday.
    Several indictments were sealed and will be opened after the suspects have been arrested.

    Indictments included:
    • Johnny Lee Taylor – obtain money by fraud.
    • Tristan Gage Semones – attempted statutory burglary.