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Courts

  • Court ruling could affect restroom policy

    Staff Reports

    RICHMOND – The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit of Virginia will not rehear the case of a Gloucester County transgender high school student suing his school board over discriminatory restroom policies.

    This action could affect a policy adopted in May by the Grayson County School Board, which says all students must use the restroom that matches the gender listed on their birth certificate.

  • Federal child abuse charges could go to trial before homicide

    Staff Reports

    New federal child sexual abuse charges against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. mean that the Galax man potentially faces two trials — in U.S. District Court for the abuse charges and in Carroll County Circuit Court for the killings of a mother and her infant daughter.

    Sources close to the case say it could be quite a while before either case go to trial, but prosecution for the federal charges could take place before the suspect goes to court on the state murder charges.

  • Grand jury indicts prisoners

    By LARRY CHAMBERS, Staff

    INDEPENDENCE – Several prisoners serving sentences in state prisons across Virginia have been indicted by a Grayson County Circuit Court grand jury.

    The incidents occurred when the prisoners were held at River North Correctional Center in Independence. Some are now at other prisons.

    The grand jury met April 22 and several indictments were sealed until arrests could be made. An indictment is a formal charge, not a determination of guilt.

  • Federal child sexual abuse charges leveled against Nofsinger

    New federal child sexual abuse charges have been leveled against double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., according to copies of a criminal complaint affidavit Virginia-based child advocacy organization Justice For Children Without Voices (JFCWOV) placed on its Facebook page.

  • Hearing set in capital murder case

    The preliminary trial for Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr., charged in the killings of a Galax mother and daughter, has been set for July 22 at 2 p.m. in the Galax Juvenile and Domestic Court.

    Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the first-degree murder of Alyssa Kenny, 28, and the capital murder of her daughter, Anastasia Alley, 21 months.

    According to the Clerk of Court’s office, the hearing will not be open to the public.

  • Public record for 5/25/16 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 September 2015 in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence:

  • Hearing set in Grayson homicide

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE ― Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis of Galax, charged with the first-degree murder of Karen Cates at her Grayson County home, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Grayson County General District Court on Aug. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

    Davis also is charged with the malicious wounding of David Patton and other offenses across two states.

    An arraignment hearing was held on May 2 for Davis, where Jonathon Venzie of Independence was appointed as his defense attorney, according to the court.

  • Capital murder cases rare in Twin Counties

    A suspect in the homicide of a 21-month-old Galax girl is the first person charged with capital murder in Carroll County in more than 20 years.

    Richard Nofsinger was arrested last week and charged with the capital murder of Anastasia Alley and first-degree murder of her mother, 28-year-old Alyssa Kenny.

    Capital murder is not a charge often seen by courts in the Twin Counties.

  • Double homicide suspect arraigned

    Independence attorney Jonathan Venzie was assigned to defend double homicide suspect Richard Denny Nofsinger Jr. in an arraignment on Friday in the Galax General District Court.

    Court Clerk Michelle Crawford Cox said the state also appointed a capital defense team to assist Venzie. Nofsinger, 36, of Galax was advised of the charges against him before his defense was assigned.

    Nofsinger is charged with capital murder in the death of 21-month-old Anastasia Alley and her mother, Alyssa Kenny, 28. Both were found dead in their Laurel Street home on March 10.

  • Hearing delayed in dog mauling case

    Staff Report

    INDEPENDENCE — A preliminary hearing date has been set for Terra Connell and John Underwood of Independence, who both face several charges in the Jan. 6 dog attack that resulted in the death of 15-month-old Payton Lyrik Sawyers.

    On Aug. 23, Connell, 29, will attend a preliminary hearing at Grayson County General District Court for a charge of owning a vicious dog, as well as a charge of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.