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Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 04/ 6/2010

Grand jury indicts in Appomattox slaying

By Washington Post editors

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, but people who knew Speight say he had a history of mental breakdowns.

Speight is being held without bond.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 6, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  2010 Appomattox shootings, Murder, Virginia  
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