Courts and crime update for Nov. 11

A Rappahannock County grand jury on Monday returned indictments on first-degree murder and four other charges against David Linwood “Buddy” Pullen, Sperryville, in the Aug. 3 death of his stepson.

Herbert Wayne Jenkins, 44, was found face down in the yard at 3 Bump Lane by a sheriff’s deputy responding to a 911 call.

Pullen, 66, faces trial on the murder charge and four firearms charges. He had initially claimed to investigators that he was shot after trying to intervene when his stepson tried to shoot himself. He later changed his story to say the gunfire started after his stepson taunted him.

Pullen was treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center emergency room for a wound immediately after the incident. He has been incarcerated at the Rappahannock County Jail since his discharge from the hospital.

The grand jury also indicted Sandra Marlene Weaver, 39, of Amissville, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance — cocaine — and possession of drug paraphernalia. She has pleaded guilty and a pre-sentencing report is to be received by the court on Feb. 3, 2011.

Weaver was arrested by the Blue Ridge Narcotics Task Force on Aug. 7.

Alyssa Berry, 263 Zachary Taylor Highway, Flint Hill, was sentenced by Rappahannock County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker to a 12- month jail term, nine months suspended, on a charge of assault for spitting in the face of a sheriff’s deputy. He also sentenced her to a 12-month term, which he suspended, on an obstruction of justice charge involving a light fixture being pulled out of the ceiling. The judge ordered her to undergo a psychological evaluation.

Sheriff’s Report

John Henry Costello III, 44, was charged with assault and battery, as was Lisa Gail Corbin, 38, after Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Sisk responded Nov. 8 to a call that a “boyfriend was damaging a car” on Castle Mountain Road in Castleton.

Deputy Dan Stevens charged Rocky Lee Pullen, 20, of Keyser Run Road, Washington, with underage possession of alcohol after Stevens responded to a call Nov. 5 at a home on Keyser Run that two brothers were having a heated argument.

Gale A. Johnson, 72, of North Poes Road, was charged with DWI after a traffic stop on Crest Hill Road Oct. 29.

Sheriff Connie Smith said Tuesday that there had been numerous accidents in the county over the last two weeks involving deer, though no serious injuries were reported.

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