Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office Prevails In One of Far Southwest Virginia’s First Jury Trials

On May 4, 2021, Buchanan County became the first county in the 29th Judicial Circuit (Buchanan, Tazewell, Russell, and Dickenson Counties) to successfully complete a jury trial after the Covid-19 pandemic.  In March of 2020, the Supreme Court of Virginia halted all court hearings, except those deemed emergencies, such as protective orders, bond hearings, and…

January Grand Jury

On January 11, 2021, the Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office convened its quarterly meeting of the Grand Jury. A total of 72 indictments were presented against a total of 21 defendants. At the request of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Gerald Arrington, those indictments were sealed.  When asked about the reasoning for sealing those indictments, Arrington explained…

Jury Recommends Life Plus 10

Late last week, a Buchanan County jury recommended that Travis Wade Spence, 45, of Grundy Virginia spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Spence had been previously found guilty of First-Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice by a different Buchanan County jury. According to Buchanan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Arrington, Spence was previously…