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  • Public record for 6/10/15

    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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in September of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Reeves' sentence cut short

    Chad Allen Reeves, who was found not guilty of the murder of Brandon Billings in court last week, was returned to federal custody after the trial, where he will serve the remainder of a sentence for drug trafficking charges.

    However, his time in prison will shorter than expected.

  • Reeves found not guilty of murder

    Read Day 1 of the trial HERE

    INDEPENDENCE — After deliberating for more than four hours on Wednesday, a jury found Chad Allen Reeves not guilty in the October 2002 killing of Brandon Billings, a high school student found shot to death in his truck near the New River.

    The jury received the case around 3:40 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 8 p.m.

  • Public record for 6/3/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2014 in the Carroll County General District Court Office, Hillsville. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Murder case break came in 2010

    By SHANNON WATKINS and CHUCK BURRESS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — The break in the cold case investigation of Brandon Billings’ 2002 slaying occurred in 2010 when the former live-in girlfriend of accused slayer Chad Allen Reeves implicated him in the case, court proceedings revealed Monday.

    Grayson Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught said in opening arguments that Tammy Simone provided the break when she described for investigators what Reeves told her in the hours after Billings was killed on Oct. 6, 2002.

  • Jury selected for Reeves murder trial

    INDEPENDENCE — Opening arguments in the trial of Chad Allen Reeves, 32 — one of two suspects in the 2002 shooting death of Galax High School student Brandon Billings — will start at 9 a.m. today, Monday.

    The trial is set to run five days, according to Grayson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Doug Vaught, who is prosecuting the case.

    Vaught said that jury selection took less time than anticipated.

  • Town manager's charge amended to reckless driving

    WYTHEVILLE — Retta Nichole Jackson of Hillsville was found guilty of a reckless driving charge, amended from a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI), in Wythe County General District Court on May 27.

    Jackson, who serves as town manager of Hillsville, was charged by Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Graham on Nov. 16, 2014. According to the police report, Graham responded to Exit 81 on Interstate 81 at 5:30 a.m., when Jackson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment.

  • Public record for 5/27/15 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 information on this column or questions, call 236-5178, ext. 213.

    District Court

    These sentences were recorded in October of 2014 in the Galax General District Court office, Galax. Sentences may be appealed:
    Kenneth Straley Wagg Jr. of Galax, guilty of public swearing/intoxication; pay $25 fine and $25 costs.

  • Jury trial set in attempted murder case

    HILLSVILLE — With the appointment of a new attorney, Christopher Lee Duncan now has a jury trial date to hear his case at Carroll County Circuit Court.

    Duncan, 38, was arrested Dec. 1, 2014, in the Wards Gap area of the county. He faces a total of seven charges in the shooting of Marty Lee Hiatt.

    His trial is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.

  • Woolwine pleads guilty to second degree murder, hit and run

    HILLSVILLE — A Christiansburg man who pleaded guilty Monday to hit-and-run and the second-degree murder of his 4-year-old son faces the possibility of a 50-year prison sentence and a $102,500 fine.

    Christopher Woolwine was arrested on Halloween night 2014 after he left the scene of an accident on U.S. 52 and crashed his car a second time while attempting to evade authorities. Woolwine was traveling with his young son, who was killed in the second wreck, according to police reports.