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Posted at 7:56 AM ET, 09/ 9/2010

Federal indictment in Va. killings

By Washington Post Editors

Federal prosecutors are taking over the case against a Virginia man accused of shooting two people on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The U.S. attorney's office says a federal grand jury in Charlottesville has indicted Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, of Stuart's Draft on three charges in the wounding of Christina Floyd.

The federal prosecutor says additional charges are expected in the murder of 27-year-old Tim Davis.

Brian McGinn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy, says state charges against Jackson will be dismissed next week.

Floyd and Davis were shot from behind as they sat on a wall watching the sunset at the parkway's Rock Point Overlook on April 5.

Jackson is being held without bond. He will make his initial federal court appearance Thursday.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | September 9, 2010; 7:56 AM ET
Categories:  Homicide, Updates, Virginia  
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