Crime/Justice

Gov. Kaine pardons 3 of Norfolk Four
Published on Aug 6th, 2009
1 comments The Hook's April 10, 2008, cover story on the Norfolk Four Governor Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons August 6 to three of the four men convicted for the rape and murder of 18-year-old...
Virtual cops: Supes okay photo red-light district
Published on Aug 5th, 2009
36 comments Chief John Miller extols the virtues of photo-red cameras to the Albemarle Supervisors. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE The Albemarle Board of Supervisors unanimously approved installation of photo-red...
More forgeries, more duped
Published on Aug 4th, 2009
1 comments Congressman Tom Perriello wasn't the only lawmaker to get forged constituent letters trying to sway his Cap-and-Trade vote, reports Brian McNeill, who broke in the Daily Progress what's become a...
Continued: No date set for Morris murder retrial
Published on Aug 3rd, 2009
2 comments Barbara Shifflett Morris, center, with supporters of her husband, Butch Morris, whose August 3 court appearance yielded no decision on whether he'll face a second trial for the murder of her first...
60 years for Wood Grill Buffet killer
Published on Jul 30th, 2009
2 comments Roderick McDowell, 25, the man convicted of fatally bludgeoning William Godsey, 48, with a baseball bat outside the eatery where Godsey's wife, Sandra, worked and was leaving with the day's proceeds...
Truck driver gets 2 years in teen's death
Published on Jul 30th, 2009
1 comments Kenneth Barbour, 55, who had already pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving for plowing into Albemarle High student Sydney Aichs as she turned out of Forest Lakes onto U.S....
Hobby or harassment? Blogger Strom jailed for cop site
Published on Jul 30th, 2009
58 comments Elisha Strom. ALBEMARLE CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL JAIL Elisha Strom has been sitting in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail for two weeks. Her alleged crime? Publishing the address of an officer...
666K later: Comer arrested after Wintergreen discovery
Published on Jul 28th, 2009
22 comments The photograph shown to searchers when Comer was treated as a missing hiker and his new mugshot. NELSONCOUNTYLIFE.COM/ALBEMARLE POLICE One day after his arrest in Wintergreen's Mountain Lodge,...
Wrenching news from June shooting
Published on Jul 24th, 2009
7 comments A 14-year-old girl, a refugee, hit by a stray bullet June 6 while sleeping in bed, is paralyzed, according to the unnamed city officials, according to the Newsplex.
Scary story from the Valley....
Published on Jul 23rd, 2009
12 comments The mental problems of Kenneth W. Baker of Churchville allowed him to avoid a murder prosecution a decade ago. Then, last week, the 42-year-old was accused of molesting a wheelchair-bound 97-year-old...
Deadlocked: Mistrial declared in murder trial
Published on Jul 14th, 2009
6 comments Barbara and Butch Morris. FILE PHOTO After listening to five days of testimony and deliberating for 13 hours, the jury in the murder trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris today remained evenly divided 6-...
Morris trial: Jury split, reconvenes Tuesday
Published on Jul 13th, 2009
12 comments Butch Morris, attorney Dana Slater and Barbara Morris arrive at court on the first day of his murder trial. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER After almost 10 hours of deliberation, the jury weighing whether...
Jury begins deliberations in 21-year-old murder
Published on Jul 13th, 2009
2 comments Had he not been gunned down in 1988, Roger Shifflett would have been 60 years old today. After a week of hearing testimony, the jury deciding if Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris is guilty of Shifflett's...
Testimony ends in Morris trial
Published on Jul 10th, 2009
0 comments Lawyers finished presenting evidence Friday, July 10, in the first-degree murder trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris for the 1988 death of Roger Lee Shifflett. The defense successfully impeached...
Morris trial: Police questioned veracity of statements
Published on Jul 9th, 2009
2 comments Police contend that a Salem Light cigarette butt links Morris to Shifflett's 1988 murder at the Southwind Grocery. FILE PHOTO On Thursday, July 9, the fourth day of the murder trial of Alvin Lee "...
Crime scene cig matches murder suspect's DNA
Published on Jul 9th, 2009
0 comments Two DNA experts testified in the fourth day of the trial of Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris for the 1988 murder of Roger Lee Shifflett that DNA found on a Salem Light cigarette collected at the now-defunct...
The tapes: Morris statements evolved
Published on Jul 8th, 2009
1 comments Detective Steve Huffman, now a pastor, read defendant Butch Morris his rights in 1988. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Long before Alvin Lee "Butch" Morris was arrested 20 years after the murder of Roger Lee...
Marital privilege: Ex-wife, son testify in murder trial
Published on Jul 8th, 2009
4 comments Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford and defense attorney Andr© Hakes debate what's admissible testimony in the 21-year-old murder trial. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE On day two of the trial of Alvin...
Grisham penning Norfolk Four script
Published on Jul 7th, 2009
0 comments Virginia's most famous crime author is taking on one of Virginia's most controversial criminal cases. The Associated Press reports that John Grisham is working on a screenplay concerning the case of...
21 years later: Alcohol, infidelity key to murder?
Published on Jul 6th, 2009
1 comments Butch Morris arrives at Albemarle Circuit Court with his attorney, Dana Slater, and the murder victim's widow, now his wife, Barbara Morris. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER The trial of Alvin Lee “Butch” Morris...