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Nofsinger waives hearing on murder charges

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Cases will go directly to Carroll grand jury

Staff Report

Double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger of Galax has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on all charges, and his case will go directly to a grand jury.

Nofsinger, 37, appeared in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on June 22.

He is charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa A. Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her infant daughter, Anastasia L. Alley, 21 months. The killings were reported on March 19, 2016, and Nofsinger was arrested on May 17, 2016, by members of the Galax Police Department.

The case has been forwarded to Carroll County Circuit Court, according to a joint news release from Galax Police Chief Rick Clark and Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan Lyons.

Lyons said the case will be presented to the Carroll County grand jury when it meets Sept. 18. If the evidence is sufficient, the jury would indict, or formally charge, Nofsinger and the case would advance to trial in circuit court.

Nofsinger’s state murder case was put on hold until he was tried in U.S. District Court in Abingdon for federal child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty last year to of eight counts of producing child pornography. The evidence for the federal case was found on cell phones and other electronic devices when Nofsinger was under investigation for the homicides.

At Nofsinger’s sentencing hearing in February, U.S. Secret Service special agents testified that videos found in his possession showed a pattern of behavior that went back at least a decade. The prosecution described how Nofsinger repeatedly befriended young mothers to gain access to their children.

After hearing from special agents and family members of the young girls Nofsinger had sexual contact with and made pornographic videos of, Judge James P. Jones sentenced him to 60 years in federal prison, to be followed by life under supervision in the outside world if he should survive to such age.

If he lives long enough to be released, Nofsinger will be supervised, placed on a sex offender registry, undergo drug tests, submit to the collection of his DNA by parole officers and pay a monetary penalty.

By pleading guilty, Nofsinger waived his right to appeal the federal sentence.