Lovingston Woman Charged with Felony Murder in 2009 Fire
LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) - A Lovingston woman has been indicted on felony murder and arson charges stemming from a fatal house fire in 2009.
Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin said Wednesday that Linda Campbell Blackwell also is charged with arson and obtaining money by false pretenses stemming from two other house fires on the same property. Those fires occurred in February 2012 and May 2013.
A Nelson County Circuit Court special grand jury handed up the indictments Tuesday.
Martin says the victim of the 2009 fire was James Shelton Sr.
Blackwell is being held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The charges stem from an investigation by Virginia State Police and the Nelson County Sheriff's Office.
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Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Press Release
Yesterday in Nelson County Circuit Court, a special grand jury indicted Linda Campbell Blackwell of 18 Creekview Lane, Lovingston, Virginia on charges of arson, obtaining money by false pretenses, and felony murder relating to a house fire that occurred on August 2, 2009. James Shelton, Sr. died from injuries sustained in the August 2nd fire.
Blackwell was also indicted for arson and obtaining money by false pretenses in connection with two (2) more house fires on the same property at Creekview Lane, one in February 2012 and the other in May 2013.
The indictments follow a Virginia State Police and Nelson County Sheriff's Office investigation spanning several years.
Blackwell is currently being held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. An advisement hearing in the Circuit Court has not yet been scheduled.
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