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Courts

  • Prosecutor expects to seat jury quickly

    INDEPENDENCE — Jury selection for the murder trial of George Albert Harper III will begin on the morning of the trial, which is now set for the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught.

    Harper, who is charged in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings, is the second suspect to be tried in this case. Last year, Chad Allen Reeves was put on trial for the murder, and was found not guilty.

  • Public record for 4/13/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  The listings are complete. The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded Aug. 4-31 in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Public record for 4/6/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Harper trial set for five days in July

    INDEPENDENCE — The trial date for George Albert Harper III, who is charged in the 2002 first-degree murder of Brandon Billings, will be held the week of July 25 in Grayson County Circuit Court, according to a review of the case last week.

    The Grayson County Circuit Court scheduled a review for Harper’s case on March 31, which Harper’s attorney, Edgar DeHart, said was to confirm everything was in order before the trial and to confirm the date.

    The courtroom has been reserved for five days.

  • Morgan sentenced on fraud, tax charges

    Staff Reports

    ABINGDON – Robert Donald Morgan III, 44, of Hillsville will serve six months in prison after his conviction on federal charges of bank fraud and tax evasion.

    Morgan previously pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and one count of conspiracy to willfully fail to pay taxes. Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Morgan was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay $284,796 in restitution.

  • Public record for 3/30/16 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
    The newspaper, as a matter of fairness, will not honor requests to omit any listing.
    For additional information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the Galax General District Court Office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Elk Creek woman indicted on drug charge

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — An Elk Creek woman has been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury on a drug charge.

    The grand jury met Jan. 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests were made.

    According to court records, Shawanna Moniek Phipps, 35, was indicted on one count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).

    An indictment is a formal charge, and not a finding of guilt or innocence.

  • Murder suspect to be extradited to Va.

    Staff Reports

    INDEPENDENCE — The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will be extradited from North Carolina to Virginia in seven to 10 days.

    Davis, 52, who is charged with first-degree murder and malicious wounding, among other charges in Grayson, is being held in Alleghany County, N.C., after he was arrested there.

    At a court appearance in N.C. last week, he refused voluntary extradition.

  • Judge sets $1M bond in fatal shooting case

    Staff Reports

    Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis, charged in the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states, appeared in Alleghany County District Court on Tuesday to answer to charges in North Carolina and to appoint a lawyer.

    Police said Davis, 52, was an estranged boyfriend of Cates.

    Davis was served the first-degree murder warrant on Tuesday morning. He also faces two outstanding fugitive warrants in Virginia.

  • Kennedy sentenced for illegally prescribing pills

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A former licensed nurse practitioner, who illegally prescribed more than 3,700 pills of 15 mg oxycodone, was sentenced Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in Abingdon.

    Gloria W. “Faye” Kennedy, 52, of Galax, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to one count of conspiring to distribute oxycodone while a nurse practitioner in Richlands. Her business location is listed as Lebanon, but court documents show a Galax address.