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Three murder charges for accused Appomattox shooter

A Virginia grand jury has indicted the suspect in the January slayings of eight people on three counts of capital murder and six other charges.

The Appomattox County grand jury returned the indictments Tuesday after hearing evidence against Christopher Speight. The other charges include one count of attempted capital murder, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling and four firearms charges.

The 39-year-old Speight was arrested Jan. 20, a day after eight people were killed at the home he shared with his sister, her husband and their two children. Those family members were among the victims.

Police have not given a motive for the killings. People who knew Speight say he had a history of mental breakdowns and may have become fixated on the notion that his sister wanted to oust him from the house they shared.

Speight is being held without bond.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 6, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Updates , Virginia  | Tags: Christopher Speight, appomattox, appomattox shootings  
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