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TWO CHARGED FOR MURDER IN BILLINGS CASE

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Charges are filed in a case that has gone unsolved for more than 11 years.

By Staff Reports

INDEPENDENCE — Charges have been placed in the 11-year-old unsolved murder case of Brandon Billings, a Galax High School student found shot to death in his truck in 2002.

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According to Grayson Commonwealth's Attorney Doug Vaught, a Special Investigative Grand Jury convened by the Grayson County Circuit Court returned separate indictments charging that Chad Allen Reeves, 33, and George Albert Harper III, 40, did “with malice aforethought, kill and murder” Kyle Brandon Billings at some time between Oct. 5 and 6, 2002.

Both individuals are also charged separately with using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Billings' body was found in the afternoon of Oct. 6, 2002, by passers-by near New River and the cul-de-sac of Rock House Lane, in Grayson County.

Vaught said no other information will be released prior to a trial, but Billings parents and other officials will be at a press conference on Monday to make a statement.

Neither they, nor law enforcement, expect to make any comments to the press before then.

The press conference is set for 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, second floor,

Grayson County Courthouse, 129 Davis Street, Independence.

Watch The Gazette's Monday edition and galaxgazette.com for more information.