A Henry County grand jury on Monday returned 254 indictments – 123 of which were sealed on a judge’s order until they are served or as late as 4 p.m. Friday, whichever occurs first.
“As grounds for this motion [to seal indictments], the commonwealth’s attorney represented that the defendants in the cases underlying such indictments do not expect to be indicted and the commonwealth believes that giving law enforcement time before the indictments are publicized to locate and arrest such defendants would reduce the risk of violence towards law enforcement, intimidation of or violence to persons suspected by such defendants of being witnesses for the commonwealth and would also increase the chances of locating and arresting such defendants,” Henry County Circuit Court Judge David V. Williams wrote in an order.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to hold a trial.
Among the 131 indictments that were not sealed, Brandon William Stocks, 42, of 227 Vista View Lane, Ridgeway was indicted on one charge each of attempted murder, strangulation, abduction and aggravated malicious wounding of a family or household member, between March 23 and March 24.
A criminal complaint by investigator R.M. Turner of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office alleged that on March 25, he went to 227 Vista View Lane in reference to an assault.
“Upon my arrival, I came into contact with Christy Stocks,” he wrote. “Mrs. Stocks had extensive bruising on her body and on her face. Both of her eyes were swollen shut. She stated that her husband started hitting her around 2300 hours [11 p.m.] on March 23, 2019. The beating continued until 0600 hours [6 a.m.] on March 24, 2019.
“Mrs. Stocks attempted to get away from the house at that time and as she was going through the yard, Brandon Stocks pulled her back into the residence on Vista View [Lane]. Mrs. Stocks also attempted to call 911 during this time and Brandon prevented her from doing that. The damage to Christy Stocks’ face was so severe that it appeared to be disfigured from what it would typically look like. The hair on the left side of her head is missing and it appears that someone pulled all of that hair out. She also has extensive bruising on her arms.”
Indictments identify her as Christy Tilley, also known as Christy Stocks.
Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.