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The continuance is to allow more time for defense lawyers to review the evidence.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Jonathan Agee’s murder trial, which had been scheduled to start in less than two weeks, has been delayed until early 2013.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case filed a joint motion Monday for a continuance in Roanoke Circuit Court, to allow Agee’s counsel more time to review discovery materials.
The trial is now set to begin Jan. 21 and last two weeks.
Agee is a former Franklin County deputy charged in the fatal Memorial Day 2011 shooting of his ex-wife. He is accused of shooting Jennifer Carter Agee to death May 30 in the parking lot of the Sheetz convenience store on Williamson Road, in front of one of their two young daughters. In August, he was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and other offenses in the case.
Agee is also charged in Montgomery County with shooting a Virginia State Police sergeant in the leg on Interstate 81 later that day. He is scheduled to face those charges at the end of August.
Last week, former Franklin County Sheriff Ewell Hunt was charged with misconduct by an elected official, a misdemeanor, after an investigation into how he handled warnings he received before the shooting rampage.
Almost a half-hour before Jennifer Agee was shot to death, Hunt was told that an enraged Jonathan Agee was on his way to Salem to kill her, but a radio call log indicates Hunt told dispatchers “not to mention anything” and opted not to issue a “be on the lookout” alert to other law enforcement agencies.
A wrongful death lawsuit against Hunt was settled last month, awarding Jennifer Agee’s two daughters, Makayla, 13, and Cameron, 8, a $900,000 settlement.
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