Va. man indicted in parkway shootings
A Virginia man accused of shooting two people at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway was indicted Wednesday in the death of one of the victims.
A federal grand jury indicted Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, of Stuarts Draft, for the premeditated murder of Timothy Phillip Davis, 27, of Charlottesville, and a weapons charge. State charges filed against Jackson in Augusta County are expected to be dismissed.
Jackson was indicted and pleaded not guilty in September to assault and weapons charges in the shooting of Christina Shay Floyd, 18, of Palmyra.
If convicted, Jackson could face death for Davis’ murder. He faces up to 40 years in prison for Floyd’s assault.
A Jan. 14 trial was set, but that could be pushed back to allow time for the Department of Justice to decide whether to seek the death penalty, said Frederick Theodore Heblich, Jackson’s federal public defender.
Heblich said Jackson is expected to plead not guilty during an arraignment to the new charges on Monday.
Davis and Floyd were shot from behind as they sat on a wall watching the sunset at the parkway’s Rock Point Overlook on April 5. The blasts hit both victims in their upper bodies, and Davis tumbled about 150 feet off the overlook. Floyd told investigators she scuffled with the assailant.
According to a search warrant affidavit filed in federal court in late April, Jackson told an Augusta County investigator that his mind may have been impaired by male enhancement drugs.
| November 10, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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