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Bassett man indicted on attempted murder charge
In connection with alleged attack on mother
Darryl Gray Meadows
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
A Bassett man was indicted Monday on one count of attempted first-degree murder in connection with an alleged second attack on his mother.
Darryl Gray Meadows, 54, of 12 Jamarc Drive, Bassett, was indicted by a Henry County grand jury in connection with the June 30 incident in Bassett, court records showed.
According to previous reports, Meadows was convicted of malicious wounding about 25 years ago in the shooting of his mother. He also was sentenced to 37 years in prison for the March 1989 abduction of a state probation officer and related charges, reports stated.
In the recent incident, Henry County Sheriff’s Officers were alerted around 7:20 p.m. June 30 when a man called the 911 Center, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Maj. Ricky Walker.
The man “stated he just tried to kill mother” during an incident at 295 Blue Ridge Yacht Club Road in Bassett, Walker said.
Officers arrived at the scene less than a minute later and found that bear pepper spray had been used on Dollie Williams, Walker said. That type of spray is designed to defend against bear attacks, he added.
Williams “was covered in pepper spray” and also had suffered “fresh injuries to the facial area,” Walker said.
She was “not completely cooperative” with authorities, aside from discussing her injuries, Walker said.
In a statement taken by authorities, a man alleged said “that he tried to kill his mother by hitting her with a ‘whatnot,’” which authorities described as a “small religious statue,” Walker said.
He said the man told authorities he had “hated his mother all his life, and this wasn’t the first time he tried to kill her.”
In 1987, Meadows was convicted of a malicious wounding charge in the shooting of his mother, according to previous Martinsville Bulletin reports. He was placed on probation that same year, reports state.
Two years later, on March 17, 1989, Meadows kidnapped his probation officer, Clarence “Corky” Rorrer, also of Collinsville.
Rorrer had gone to Meadows’ home for a regular visit when he was abducted at gunpoint and forced to drive his state-issued car for five hours through North and South Carolina, according to reports.
Rorrer was released unharmed in Henderson County, N.C., according to previous reports. Meadows was taken into custody in Henderson County and returned to Henry County to face charges, reports stated.
Meadows, then 31 and of Collinsville, pleaded guilty to six felonies in that incident, including abduction and robbery by force, reports stated.
He was sentenced on Nov.1, 1989, to 37 years in prison for the abduction and related charges, according to previous reports. Twelve years of his sentence were to run concurrently, leaving Meadows with 25 years to serve, previous reports stated.
Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Bob Bushnell was Meadows’ defense attorney at the time. On Monday, he said he has requested a special prosecutor in the latest case.
“I believe that enough time had passed so that I could” prosecute Meadows on the current charge “without violating any ethical rules, but I felt that given the seriousness of the case I represented him on, and the seriousness of the charge he is currently facing, that it would be appropriate — not required, but appropriate — to get a special prosecutor,” Bushnell said.
He asked Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Vipperman or one of her associates to prosecute the case, and Vipperman assigned Assistant Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marcus Brinks to handle it, Bushnell said.
“It is not unusual in a small community for a prosecutor to prosecute an offender” after defending the person of a minor charge, Bushnell said. “But the charge I defended him on was fairly significant,” Bushnell added.
An indictment does not indicate guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that there is enough evidence to hold a trial.