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Some stories contain material of a sexual nature. Although true, they are intended for mature audiences.

       
Commonwealth v. Ralph Tobias Christian

Commonwealth v. Ralph Tobias Christian

Commonwealth v. Ralph Tobias Christian Pulaski County Circuit Court Record Nos. 14.271, 14.272 Cases Tried to a Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Malicious Wounding and Strangulation; Serving 80 Years Ralph Christian is a career criminal that had committed numerous petit crimes over his lifetime and been in and out of jail since 1975. …

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Commonwealth v. Michael Lashawn Brown

Commonwealth v. Michael Lashawn Brown

Commonwealth v. Michael Lashawn Brown Pulaski County Circuit Court Record Nos. 14.138, 14.139, 14.140 Case tried to a Jury by Travis H. Epes, Jr.   Two Aggravated Sexual Batteries, Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor; Serving 41 years Michael Lashawn Brown married a lady that had two daughters by a previous marriage. They lived in …

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Christopher Bishop

Commonwealth v. Christopher Lee Bishop

Commonwealth v. Christopher Lee Bishop Pulaski County Circuit Court Record Nos. 12.1186, 12.1187, 12.1188 and 12.1189 Cases handled by Justin L. Griffith   Rape, Malicious Wounding and Strangulation; Serving 18 Years Christopher Bishop met his victim walking home from a party in downtown Pulaski. As they made small talk, he asked her where she lived. …

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James McPeak

Commonwealth v. James Edward McPeak

Commonwealth v. James Edward McPeak Pulaski County Circuit Court Case No. 12.708 Tried to a Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Aggravated Sexual Battery, Serving 20 Years James Edward McPeak befriended a woman and her 12 year old daughter. They had been evicted from their home and McPeak took them in. Although at first …

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George Marvin Viers, Jr

Commonwealth v. George Marvin Viers, Jr.

Commonwealth v. George Marvin Viers, Jr. Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Nos. 12.598, 12.99 and 12.600 Case presented by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Burglary, Violation of a Protective Order; Serving 27 Years   George Marvin Viers, Jr. and his girlfriend had separated and their young daughter lived with her mother. They …

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Commonwealth v. Roland Keith Wilson

Commonwealth v. Roland Keith Wilson Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR13-70 and CR13-120 Tried to Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr. and Justin L. Griffith   Second Degree Murder, Serving 40 years.   In September of 2012, a house in the Parrott section of Pulaski County burned to the ground. Stephen Bane, the resident …

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Commonwealth v. Alvin Lyman Tawney

Commonwealth v. Alvin Lyman Tawney Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR99-845, CR99-846, CR99-847, CR99-871and CR00-726, CR00-1046, CR00-1048 Cases Presented by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Multiple Sex Crimes, Serving 66 years.   Alvin Lyman Tawney, despite his relatively young age of 20, was one of the most dangerous sexual predators in recent Pulaski County …

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Rodney Gene Startz

Commonwealth v. Rodney Gene Startz

Commonwealth v. Rodney Gene Startz Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR06-545 and CR06-770 Case Presented by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   First Degree Murder, Serving 75 years.   In February, 2007, an employee of Walmart in Fairlawn Virginia called 911 to report that there had been a shooting in the store.  When police arrived …

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Smith, Richard, Keith 019407-01

Commonwealth v. Richard Keith Smith

Commonwealth v. Richard Keith Smith Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR05-1655 through CR05-1662 and CR06-09 through CR06-13 Case handled by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Multiple Sex Crimes, Serving 44 years   Richard Keith Smith came to the attention of law enforcement from a tip by Operation Blue Ridge Thunder, a law enforcement entity …

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Ratcliffe, Kenneth, Dale 018925-01

Commonwealth v. Kenneth Dale Ratcliffe

Commonwealth v. Kenneth Dale Ratcliffe Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR04-899, CR04-900, and CR04-901 Case Handled by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Multiple Sex Crimes, Serving 30 years   Kenneth Ratcliffe led a rather simple and secretive life in a rural section of Pulaski County.  When a 4 year old female made some unusual …

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Ronal Layne Meredith

Commonwealth v. Ronald Layne Meredith

Commonwealth v. Ronald Layne Meredith Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR04-875 through CR04-877 and CR04-1106 through CR04-1113 Case tried to a jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Solicitation to Commit Murder, Conspiracy, Attempted Escape, Possession of a Silencer; Serving 43 years   In the early morning hours of July 22, 2004, a 911 …

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Mabry & Kanode

Commonwealth v. Mabry and Kanode

Commonwealth v. Richard Forest Mabry, and Commonwealth v. French David Kanode (AKA “Frenchie” or “Dizzy”) *pictured respectively* Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR08-587 (Mabry) and CR09-137 and CR09-138 (Kanode) Mabry case presented by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr Kanode Jury Tried by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr. and Jason Wolfrey   Mabry – First Degree Murder, …

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Lamonte Franklin DeFrice

Commonwealth v. Lamonte Franklin DeFriece

Commonwealth v. Lamonte Franklin DeFriece Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR01-863 and CR01-864 Tried to a Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Second Degree Murder, Serving 20 years   When Pulaski Police arrived at a home on Craig Street they found a male victim sitting on a chair on the front porch.  He …

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Jeffery Allen Thomas

Commonwealth v. Jeffrey Allen Thomas

Commonwealth v. Jeffrey Allen Thomas Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR00-844, CR000-845 and CR00-846 Tried to Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr. and Peggy H. Frank   Capital Murder and Attempted Rape, Serving Life without parole Click for a documentary   Jeffrey Allen Thomas was the first capital murder conviction in Pulaski County in …

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Jerry Glenn Killen

Commonwealth v. Jerry Glenn Killen

Commonwealth v. Jerry Glenn Killen Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers: CR03-15 and CR03-16  Tried to a Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr. First Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm; Serving 38 years   In August, 2002 a call came to 911 from Jerry Glenn Killen who said that he was awakened by a gunshot.  …

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Lisa Michelle Hylton

Commonwealth v. Lisa Michelle Hylton

Commonwealth v. Lisa Michelle Hylton Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR10-117 and CR10-118 Jury Tried by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr. and Dina M. Branco   Felony Murder and Abuse and Neglect of a Child, Serving 20 years. First time in Virginia the crime of abusing a child used to convict of felony murder   …

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Matthew Scott Dillon

Commonwealth v. Matthew Scott Dillon

Commonwealth v. Matthew Scott Dillon Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR06-660, CR06-662, CR06-663, CR06-664, CR06-666, CR06-667, CR06-818 Case handled by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Multiple Armed Robberies, Serving 27 years.   Armed robberies are not very common in Pulaski County, but in the Fall of 2006 there were three of them within 100 …

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Boysaw, John, Patrick 005326-05

Commonwealth v. John Patrick Boysaw

Commonwealth v. John Patrick Boysaw Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR07-72 and CR07-449 Case handled by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Armed Robbery and wearing a mask, Serving 16 years   In the summer of 2007, the Day’s Inn hotel in Pulaski (formerly the Red Carpet Inn) was robbed at gunpoint. The Clerk of …

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Clark, James, Ferlon 022689-02

Commonwealth v. James Ferlon Clark

Commonwealth v. James Ferlon Clark Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR07-380, CR07-383, CR07-386, CR07-387, CR07-453, CR07-455, and CR07-456 Tried to Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   Multiple Sex Crimes, Use of a Firearm, Kidnapping; Serving 320 years   In one of the strangest and most brutal sex crimes in Pulaski County history, James …

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Tony Wayne Covey

Commonwealth v. Tony Wayne Covey

Commonwealth v. Tony Wayne Covey Pulaski County Circuit Court Case Numbers CR09-638 Case Presented by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.   First Degree Murder, Serving Life   One of the most violent and brutal murders of note was the sad death of Shelby Cline at the hands of Tony Wayne Covey. The two had been together, …

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