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Courts and Crime

  • Welch trial delayed until September

    Because of considerable new evidence filed in the capital murder case of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., the trial date has been rescheduled from April 18 to Sept. 12.

        The rescheduling of the trial was approved during a motions hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Also during the hearing, Judge James Updike approved a defense motion request to hire a DNA expert—Dr. Thomas McClintock of Liberty University—at an expected cost of $21,000.
        The prosecution has listed a number of DNA experts as possible witnesses.

  • Charges reduced

    Two men saw felony charges reduced to misdemeanors in Circuit Court, Tuesday. Both were the result of plea agreements.

  • Bedford County Circuit Court cases

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    Kendahl Renee Barker

  • Court rules on motions hearings

        Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike heard motions from defense attorneys, Tuesday, to keep certain items from being presented as evidence when their clients go to trial.
        One set of motions involved  Christopher William Petersen, of Hardy, who is facing a charge of attempted second degree murder. His defense attorney wanted to keep two photographs from being introduced as evidence saying that they were not necessary for the Commonwealth to prove its case and would prejudice a jury against their client.

  • Grand jury indicts Bedford County shelter worker charged with animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been indicted with felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.

        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 44, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged. A Bedford County grand jury indicted him on the charge Friday.

  • Man sentenced for case in which he hid his dead grandmother in a barrel

        Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced the sentencing of a Vinton man who previously pleaded guilty to stealing funds from the Social Security Administration, while hiding his dead grandmother in a barrel.

  • Man charged with soliciting minor to produce child porn

        On August 1, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult male found inside of a Bedford County residence.

        The male had exited the home prior to arrival of deputies and investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC), according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        The suspect was located by Virginia Conservation Police soon after the call, sitting in a vehicle in a school parking lot.

  • Lynch Station man faces child porn charges

        On August 4 investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of child pornography.

    A 15-year-old child victim living in Bedford County was allegedly solicited online multiple times by a suspect using Facebook Messenger. After multiple search warrants were executed on the electronic service provider, 23-year-old Bobby Matthew Fisher of 2243 Bedford Highway, of his prior convictions.

  • Lynch Station man charged with soliciting minor to produce child porn

    On August 4, 2017, Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of Child Pornography.

  • Chesapeake man charged with coming to Bedford to solicit a minor to produce child pornography

    On August 1, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an unknown adult male found inside of a Bedford County residence. The male had exited the home prior to arrival of Deputies and Investigators with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC), according to a report from the Bedford Countyo Sheriff's Office.