Hearing set on Sperryville murder charge

David Linwood (Buddy) Pullen is led in handcuffs to a court appearance Aug. 12. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

A preliminary hearing has been set Oct. 28 for David Linwood “Buddy” Pullen, 66, on murder and other charges in the shooting death of his 44-year-old stepson, Herbert Wayne Jenkins.

Both men lived at 3 Bump Lane in Sperryville, where the shootings occurred Aug. 3. Initially, Pullen had been charged, on Aug. 6, only with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. At that point the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office arrested him and held him without bond at the Rappahannock jail.

Then at 8 p.m. on Aug. 11, additional arrest warrants were served on Pullen, now charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Pullen was held without bond on these additional charges as well.

Pullen next appeared in Rappahannock County Juvenile and Domestic Court in Washington, Va., on Aug. 12 for a bond hearing and appointment of a lawyer. Judge J. Gregory Ashwell refused bond; Pullen will be represented by a public defender.

Maj. Scott H. Jenkins, chief deputy in the sheriff’s office, led the investigation, which required sorting through a confused shooting scene and its aftermath. State police also helped with forensic evidence, especially lab and ballistics.

When deputies arrived at the scene around 10 p.m. Aug. 3, they found that both Pullen and Herbert Wayne Jenkins had gunshot wounds. While Pullen was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy the next day confirmed that Jenkins died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Meanwhile, Pullen, whose injury was not considered life threatening, was released from the hospital.

The very first, unofficial and unconfirmed reports from friends and neighbors had suggested that Jenkins’ death might have been a suicide. Before shooting himself, according to one variation on these same accounts, Jenkins had reportedly shot Pullen in the back.

All accounts seemed to agree, however, that Pullen and Jenkins, who came to live at the residence of his mother (Pullen’s wife) earlier this year, were frequently at odds.

The chief deputy said the sheriff’s office “investigated [the shooting] as a homicide scene,” noting the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He said that evidence from the scene and the medical examiner’s report were reviewed before the filing of charges.

The initial charge against Pullen for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to sources, stemmed from his conviction in the 1990s of having a sawed-off shotgun. Pullen had also been accused of shooting into a truck owned by a neighbor.

Funeral services were held for Jenkins Aug. 10 at the Found and Sons Funeral Chapel in Culpeper with Pastor John Burke officiating. Internment followed in the Washington Masonic Cemetery in Washington, Va. Jenkins is survived by his mother, Anna Pullen of Sperryville and his father, Herbert A. Jenkins of Florida. He also leaves a sister and five children, as well as friend and companion Bonny Darrell.

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