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.