Charges certified in shooting at Thaxton

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By Tom Wilmoth

Just prior to being shot in the face at a home off Thaxton School Road in January, a Bedford County man testified Monday that he heard a woman state: "There's the boy in the coveralls. Shoot the son of a b****."

Charges against a Thaxton woman accused in the shooting of 44-year-old Jesse Phillips of Bedford County in January have been certified to the Bedford County Grand Jury.

Sandra Faye Campbell, 46, is one of three defendants charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The preliminary hearing on her charges was held in Bedford County General District Court Monday and Judge Harold Black found probable cause to certify the charges to the upcoming grand jury.

Another defendant in the case, Amanda Lynn Campbell, 18, the daughter of Sandra Campbell, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday. The third defendant, Deepraj Islam Khan, 19, formerly of Forest, is set for a preliminary hearing March 21.

During Monday's hearing, Phillips testified that he has known Sandra Campbell for more than 10 years. On the day of the shooting, Jan. 2, he said he had been at Campbell's Thaxton School Road home in the afternoon, but had left. After speaking with Campbell on the phone, he said he returned to the home around 10 p.m. that evening.

Phillips testified that a friend drove him most of the way, dropping him off at the underpass. When he got to the home at 1757 Thaxton School Road the lights were out. As he was standing at the door, Phillips said, he heard a woman tell someone to shoot him. He identified the woman who made the statement as being Sandra Campbell.

Phillips said five shots rang out and he was struck by three of them on his face. One bullet lodged in his cheek and had to be removed a week after the shooting.

He testified that after being shot he made his way to a nearby house and 911 was called. He was later flown by helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

According to testimony by Bedford County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ricky Baldwin, Sandra Campbell said in an interview several weeks later that she had been in the car when Phillips had been shot. She said, however, that it was Khan who fired the shots and was driving the minivan. Baldwin also said that Sandra Campbell stated her daughter was also in the minivan at the time of the shooting and that after it took place the three defendants in the case went to Amanda Campbell's house.

Baldwin said in a subsequent search he found several shell casings from a .22 caliber handgun, in the minivan.

According to previous reports by the Sheriff's office, Khan was arrested in Georgia. He was on Army active duty training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, prior to his arrest. He is a member of the Virginia National Guard and was at home, in the Gretna area of Pittsylvania County, on leave at the time of the shooting, according to those reports.