Murder suspect arrested in Grayson

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

MOUTH OF WILSON – A man wanted in connection with a murder in Smyth County on March 21 was arrested without incident in Grayson County today, Thursday.

According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, members of the sheriff’s office received information of the possible whereabouts of James Steven Armstrong, who was wanted for a murder earlier in the week.

Chief Deputy Mike Hash, Lt. Tim Sawyer and deputies Jeff Merilic and Alan Graham arrested Armstrong without incident at a residence on Kendrick Mountain Road in Mouth of Wilson.

Armstrong, 25, of 608 Highland Parkway, was wanted by Virginia State Police in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Gregory Wayne Powers of Bristol.

According to authorities, an altercation led to a vehicle striking Powers, resulting in his death.

A special grand jury was seated on March 24 to indict Armstrong and Jason Ray Trivett, 27, of Marion. Both face one count of murder.