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Courts

  • Keepers' trial for teen's death set for September

    CHRISTIANSBURG — The trial of Natalie Keepers, tentatively scheduled to start in the Montgomery County Circuit Court on Feb. 5, has been moved to Sept. 17.

    Keepers is charged with being an accessory to murder before the fact and concealing a body in the 2016 death of Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg. Lovell’s body was found off Route 89 in Surry County, N.C., seven miles south of Galax and a little over a mile outside Grayson County.

  • Public record for 1/24/18 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.
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    Land Transfers

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

  • Davis convicted of first-degree murder

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis will serve a sentence of life in prison after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates and wounded David Patton.

    The jury deliberated for two hours on the evening of Jan. 19 before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Davis found guilty of murder in double shooting

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    INDEPENDENCE — Greyling Dwayne “Beany” Davis faces a recommended sentence to life in prison, after being found guilty in the 2016 double shooting that killed Karen Cates, and wounded David Patton.
    The jury deliberated Friday evening for two hours, before returning guilty verdicts for first-degree murder, two counts of abduction, one count of malicious shooting, one count of malicious firing of a weapon in an occupied dwelling, and one count of violating a protective order.

  • Public record for 1/17/18 edition

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    District Court

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

  • DNA, prints link victim to suspects

    Staff Report

    CHRISTIANSBURG — Fingerprint and DNA evidence is revealing more links between a murder victim and two suspects in her death.

    Nicole Lovell, 13, of Blacksburg was killed in January 2016 and her body was found a few days later near Galax.

    Evidence filed with the Montgomery County Circuit Court shows Lovell’s blood on tools, cleaning supplies, boots and other evidence. The fingerprints of the two suspects also appear on several items, according to court documents.

  • Public record for 1/10/18 edition

    Editor’s Note: This information is taken from open court records and is a matter of public record.  
    The listings are complete.
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    Land Transfers

    These land transfers were recorded in September in the office of Gerald Goad, clerk of the Carroll County Circuit Court, Hillsville:

  • Andrews to serve 2 years for tax fraud

    Staff Report

    ABINGDON – A Carroll County business owner, who paid some of his employees in

    cash to avoid paying taxes to the Internal Revenue Service and later lied in a bankruptcy proceeding, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Abingdon.

    Jones Keith Andrews, 62, of Galax, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay the IRS restitution totaling $609,604, according to U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

  • Public record for 1/3/18 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.

    Circuit Court

    These sentences were recorded in August in the office of Susan M. Herrington, clerk of the Grayson County Circuit Court, Independence. Sentences may be appealed:

  • Burglary plea hearing date reset

    INDEPENDENCE — A scheduled hearing in a case against Wyndom Taylor Thornton of Galax was continued earlier this month in Grayson County Circuit Court, at the request of Thornton’s attorney.

    Thornton was scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing for charges related to a burglary in Independence earlier this year. Jonathon Venzie, who is representing Thornton, requested a new court date to give him more time to prepare.