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HILLSVILLE — A Carroll County grand jury on Monday indicted four men who were allegedly discovered breaking in to a Dugspur home Aug. 26 in daylight and then tried to elude police.
The grand jury certified multiple counts against three brothers and another man in connection with the break-in.
An indictment is a formal charge, not a finding of guilt.
The incident happened at the home of David Branscome Jr., who returned home that day to discover the men.
A suspect allegedly shot at Branscome as they drove off, and shot out the tires on Branscome's vehicle.
After police spotted the getaway vehicle, the suspects led officers on a high-speed chase, during which the Ford Explorer hit two police cars.
When officers boxed in the vehicle on Interstate 77 in Fancy Gap, three suspects got out and fled on foot. One was apprehended at the scene. Two others were caught that night, and a third the next morning after a manhunt covering the Twin Counties and beyond.
The man police say drove the vehicle — William Lloyd Music, 23, of Mount Airy, N.C. — garnered the most charges of the four men.
Indictments against William Music included: attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer (Sheriff Warren Manning); eluding a law enforcement officer; statutory burglary against David Branscome Jr.; larceny of a firearm; grand larceny; attempted malicious wounding of David Branscome Jr.; use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; shooting into an occupied vehicle “whereby the life of the occupants thereof were put in peril;” attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer (David Walls of Hillsville Police Department); destruction of property belonging to the Hillsville Police Department; eluding a law enforcement officer; destruction of property belonging to Branscome; possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
Also indicted were two of Music's brothers and another man, all of Mount Airy:
• Christopher Ryan Music, 20 — statutory burglary from Branscome's home while armed with a deadly weapon, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm (one count each).
• James Russell Music, 20 — statutory burglary from Branscome's home, larceny of a firearm, grand larceny (one count each).
• Corey Keith Smith, 19 — statutory burglary from Branscome's home, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon (one count each).
As is common practice lately, the direct indictments were sealed by the courts until warrants could be served to the accused.
Indictments in other cases were issued against:
• Travis Ray Hall — two counts of threatening to burn a building or other structure (made to Ashley King Hall).
• Thomas Edward Aitken — grand larceny from Roger Young, statutory burglary on a fenced and locked porch of Young’s, selling stolen property, possession of burglary tools (one count each)
• Brandon Alexander Berze — receiving stolen property
• Danette Mae Bowman — possession of a schedule II drug (cocaine)
• Joshua Curly Bryson — attempted statutory burglary from the home of Keisha Sharp
• Kelsey Francis Burton — statutory burglary from a building belonging to Greg Richardson
• Simon Carlos Cortez — rape, for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a female child
• Joshua Curtis Duncan — arson of an unoccupied home owned by Betty McIntyre, and malicious wounding against Kevin Edwards (one count each)
• William Dyer Edwards — unauthorized use of a vehicle, a 1986 Ford Ranger belonging to Raymond C. Clifford
• Sandie Nicole Estep — eluding a law enforcement officer
• Christina R. Ferguson — statutory burglary from the home of Ashleigh Payne, grand larceny (one count each)
• Charles Eric Gravely — grand larceny from Jimmy Manuel
• Jesse James Gravely — grand larceny from Jimmy Manuel
• Daryl Thomas Green — failing to register as a sex offender
• Jimmy Lee Hanks — statutory burglary from Roger Young, grand larceny, selling stolen property (one count each)
• Earl William Higgins — grand larceny from Emory Bearden
• Dustin Zachary Hull — statutory burglary from the home of Lee Smith
• Ashley J. Hylton — grand larceny of a Chevy Chevette from Rena McAlexander
• Joshua Marlin Jones — burglary from the homes of Gary W. Hill, Dean Fowler, Carl Delp, Paul Hanson, Eric Todd Wolford, Victor Wolford (seven counts)
• William Keith Lane — involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that killed Welcher Dalton on July 4.
• Valerie Ann Lineberry — obtaining money by false pretenses (three counts)
• Jane Lucy Martin — driving under the influence of alcohol
• Justin Virgle Nester — abuse and neglect of a child (two counts)
• Richard Glen Newman Jr. — assault and battery on a police officer
• Charles Casey O’Bryan — assault and battery on a police officer
• Jackson Ellis Parrish — possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine)
• Michael Thomas Richardson — possession of meth
• Clarence David Rife — assault and battery on a police officer
• Christopher Walter Robbins — malicious wounding against David Wayne Robbins
• Sidney Louise Schaffer — possession of meth
• Jeremy William Shaffer — larceny of a firearm (two counts) belonging to Ralph Cox and Glenn Grimes; larceny of property with intent to distribute (two counts); statutory burglary; grand larceny against Glenn Grimes
• Brett Leigh Slavey — armed robbery against Nancy Lyons; statutory burglary; malicious wounding (one count each)
• Daniel Horace Smith II — grand larceny from William Goad
• Jason Scott Smith — grand larceny from Jimmy Manuel
• James Kevin Sparks — statutory burglary from a building belonging to Verlin Gallimore; grand larceny (one count each)
• Bruce Lee Vaughn — destruction of property belonging to Barry Ray Vaughn
• Shannon Dale Winesett — destruction of property belonging to Jerry Mink
• Alexander Leon Young — grand larceny involving property from David Shockley