First-degree murder and firearms charges against a Sperryville man accused of killing his stepson were certified last Thursday to the grand jury by Rappahannock General District Court Judge J. Gregory Ashwell.
In addition to the murder charge, the grand jury will consider four other firearms-related charges against David Linwood “Buddy” Pullen, 66, of Sperrvyille, when it meets Monday (Nov. 8).
Pullen is charged in the death of Herbert Wayne Jenkins, 44, who was pronounced dead at 3 Bump Lane on Aug. 3. In court Friday, Sheriff’s Deputy Angela Deavers testified that she responded to a 911 call for an unknown male laying in the yard. When she arrived, she said, she found Jenkins face down in the yard. Washington Fire and Rescue personnel attempted, unsuccessfully, to save his life.
Sheriff’s Lt. J.C. Welch told the court that he responded to 181 Old Hollow Road, part of the same cluster of residences around the Bump Lane address, and found Pullen, whom Welch said appeared to have a hole on his left side. Pullen told Welch he had been shot. When interviewed at the University of Virginia Medical Center emergency room, Welch said, Pullen told investigators that “his stepson was trying to shoot himself. I tried to stop him and he shot me.”
The Rappahannock Sheriff’s Office’s Major Scott Jenkins testified that Pullen was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff’s Office. There Deputy Tony Sisk, assisting with the interview, pointed to a pistol and rifle and asked Pullen if he recognized them. Pullen said “Yes, I acquired the .22 to hunt small game.”
While in custody later, however, Pullen told jail staff that he wanted to speak to Maj. Jenkins and “tell the truth.”
Maj. Jenkins testified Friday that Pullen told him his stepson “taunted” him and was having sexual relations with his wife, who was the younger man’s mother. Jenkins said Pullen told him that “I retrieved the rifle from the shed and shot three times. We struggled and he [Herbert Wayne Jenkins] overpowered me. I ran out the front door.”
Pullen remains at Rappahannock County Jail, where he awaits trial without bond.
This week in District Court
In Rappahannock General District court on Tuesday (Nov. 2):
Robert Granville Ross, 54, of South Riding, pleaded guilty to DWI; the charge resulted from a road check by Sheriff’s Lt. J.C. Welch on Sept. 4. District Court Judge Thomas G. Underwood sentenced Ross to 30 days in jail, suspending all but five days, and a $500 fine ($250 suspended), and suspended his driver’s license for one year.
Jeremy Albert Jeffries, 21, of Warrenton, pleaded guilty to driving on a revoked license. Underwood fined him $200 and 10 days in jail, suspending five days.
Matthew Richard Swain, 21, Sperryville, pleaded guilty to hit-and-run charges stemming from an accident July 28 on U.S. 211 near Schoolhouse Road involving a farm tractor owned by Jay Miller and operated by William Smoot. The accident was investigated by Virginia State Police Trooper Philip Thomas. Underwood sentenced Swain to 12 months in jail, suspended six months, and to two years’ probation, and ordered Swain to pay $5,000 in restitution.