Arrest rumors refuted

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INDEPENDENCE — Despite several rumors that spread on Wednesday — that a person of interest had been named in the 2002 murder of Brandon Billings — Grayson Commonwealth Attorney Douglas Vaught said that was not the case.

“The investigation into the Brandon Billings murder is continuing, although no persons of interest have been identified. Both the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Grayson Sheriff’s Office continue to extend their support to the Billings family,” said Vaught in a press release Wednesday.

Billings was killed one day after his 18th birthday in 2002, and police have been unable to solve the crime or identify a suspect.

The Galax High School student was killed in the early morning hours, and his body was discovered later that day in his pickup, which had wrecked by the New River. He had a gunshot wound to the head.

Last fall, Billings’ family held a memorial for the five-year anniversary of his death.

Vaught also announced on Wednesday that a number of direct indictments have been obtained from recent Grayson grand juries in cooperation with the Twin County Drug Task Force and its member jurisdictions.

Direct indictments are used in drug possession and distribution cases in which area agencies have obtained information over a period of months, rather than charging suspects with each individual crime.

• Any citizen with information about suspicious activity possibly related to drug distribution — or related to the Billings case — is urged to contact the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office at 773-3241 or 233-9988.