"On March 21, 2013, a Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury issued indictments charging Timothy Smith, Jr. of Burkeville, Virginia and Tony Sharpe, of Farmville, Virginia with Capital Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony," says Berryville Police Chief Neal White in a press conference, Friday.
Smith was taken into custody at a
Police say Gail's brother Timothy Smith conspired to have his sister killed, soliciting several men to do the job.
It was May 2009 in the Clarke
County Circuit Court that a long family dispute boiled over between the former
councilwoman and her brother and sister Timothy and Deborah Smith.
They were fighting for guardianship of their sick father, who had a $750,000 estate. Police believe after court proceedings, Timothy Smith contacted four men in Farmville, between May 2009 and July 2009. The last man he allegedly contacted was 26-year-old Tony Sharpe.
"We're at a starting point now at the prosecution phase of this incident," White says. "We've still got more work to do. We know that there will be a lot of time spent on this case still."
Smith served one sentence on
solicitation to commit murder with two
"I think justice will be a big closure," says White. "Nothing is ever going to replace Gail."
The two men are expected to appear in Clarke County Circuit Court for their first hearing on April 15th.
The indictments are a result of collaboration amongst the Clarke County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, Berryville Police Departments, Clarke County Sheriff's Office, Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Farmville Police Department, Nottoway County Sheriff's Office, Nottoway County Commonwealth's Attorney Office, Winchester City Commonwealth's Attorney Office, Burkeville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.