‘Smiling’ Payne charged with murder
The former Crozet resident beaming widely for her mugshot after allegedly killing a Richmond pedestrian was charged with murder yesterday by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Kelly Dinelle Payne, 33, had blood-alcohol level of .22 percent at least four hours after she allegedly struck hotel worker Ashokkumar Patel, 51, with a pickup truck on March 7, according to the story.
Payne is a former Crozet resident whose 2002 DUI conviction in Albemarle County made her a habitual offender, a fact underscored by her 2001 arrest for her hit-and-run killing of a 13-year-old girl in Tennessee. The Times-Dispatch reports that her lawyer contends that his client– described in a readthehook.com/blog headline as smiling, drunk, deadly– is actually remorseful and may be enveloped in "medication" and "profound psychological issues."