Crime & Courts for Dec. 26

Pullen, Hicks trials set

Murder and attempted murder charges will be heard next spring in Rappahannock County Circuit Court against two men accused in separate shooting incidents this summer.

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey W. Parker on Friday (Dec. 17) scheduled a jury trial for David Linwood Pullen of Sperryville to begin May 4. Pullen, 66, faces murder and firearms charges in the death of his stepson, Herbert Wayne Jenkins, 44, whom sheriff’s deputies discovered face down in the yard at 3 Bump Lane on Aug. 3.

Pullen 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.

Also Friday, Parker set March 30 for the trial of Thomas Lee Hicks, 62, of Boston, Va., who is charged in a shooting June 10 at 132 Scrabble Road of Clyde “Jack” Dellinger, 80. Hicks faces charges of first-degree attempted murder, business robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in a felony and malicious assault.

William David Martin, 35, of Sperryville, will be tried Jan. 10 in Circuit Court, on two charges of brandishing a firearm. Martin was found guilty Oct. 19 in Rappahannock General District Court of the charges, which stemmed from an Oct. 4 incident at 3710 Sperryville Pike, in which Martin threatened two people with a shotgun as they attempted to move into the apartment he and his wife were moving out of. The Circuit Court trial is a result of his appeal of the conviction.

General District Court

Charges of cocaine possession against James Anthony Lang, 66, of Reva, were certified Dec. 14 to the next grand jury by Rappahannock County General District Court Judge Charles Foley. The grand jury next convenes Jan. 10.

Sheriff’s Report

Clayton Douglas Willard, 32, of Chester Gap, was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with domestic assault and aggravated malicious wounding. Deputy Gary Jenkins made the arrest.

Mathew Grigsby, 31, of 12454 Lee Highway, was arrested Dec. 9 by Lt. Roger Jenkins and charged with assault on a family member.
Based on warrants obtained by Sheriff’s Lt. J.C. Welch, Winchester police on Dec. 2 arrested Michael Eugene Teel, 38, and Ashley B. Corrado, 22, both of no fixed address, on charges of possession or distributing drug paraphernalia. The arrests came out of an investigation that began in October, Welch said.

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