The four Mount Airy, N.C. men charged after an armed robbery that led to a high-speed police chase and sparked a 16-hour manhunt on Aug. 26 were indicted on a long list of charges Monday by a Carroll County Grand Jury.
Christopher Ryan Music, 20, William Lloyd Music, 23, James Russell Music, 20, all brothers, and Corey Keith Smith, 20, all were indicted on numerous charges Monday.
Three of the suspects were apprehended as of that night, while the fourth was arrested the next morning.
According to police reports, David Branscome, Jr. pulled into his home on Buffalo Road in Dugspur at approximately 1:30 p.m. when he caught the suspects coming out of his home with guns, televisions, DVDs and other assorted items. At that point, Carroll County Sheriff Warren Manning said the suspects shot the tires out on Branscome’s vehicle and fled in a Green Ford Explorer with North Carolina tags.
At 1:50 p.m., Deputy Sheriff Cody Edwards observed a vehicle which matched the description on Route 221 heading into the Town of Hillsville. When Deputy Edwards tried to stop the vehicle, the suspects fled at a high rate of speed. Police vehicles driven by Sheriff Manning and Hillsville Police Department officer David Walls were rammed by the suspects during the pursuit, causing about $2,000 in total damage to the vehicles, Manning said.
The pursuit continued onto Interstate 77, where the suspects headed southbound for approximately two miles before crossing the median and switching directions. At mile marker 11 northbound, the suspected vehicle stopped and three subjects ran from the vehicle on foot by Manning and Walls, leaving behind Christopher Music, who was apprehended by HPD Officer Alan Gravley.
The abandoned Explorer was confiscated along with several weapons and other items taken from Branscome’s residence.
A manhunt initiated by Manning and headed up by Chief Deputy Glenn Nester immediately commenced for the remaining suspects with participation from on- and off-duty officers from several local law enforcement agencies, including Carroll County K-9 Brenda.
About five hours later at approximately 7 p.m., Manning said citizens contacted the Sheriff’s Office reporting sightings of suspects "not far from Warby Semones’ barn off I-77 around mile marker 12 or 13." The call led to the arrest of James Music and Corey Smith, Manning said.
At 6:05 a.m. the following morning, the fourth and final suspect, William Lloyd Music, was arrested at the Exxon station at Exit 8 in Fancy Gap after the Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a suspicious individual at the convenience store. William Music was apprehended without incident by HPD Sgt. Wesley Yonce, Officer Alan Gravley, and Deputy Edwards.
On Monday, Christopher Ryan Music was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary, grand larceny, and larceny of a firearm.
James Russell Music was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary, larceny of a firearm, and grand larceny.
William Lloyd Music was indicted for two counts of attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, two counts of eluding a law enforcement officer, statutory burglary, larceny of a firearm, grand larceny, attempted malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting into an occupied vehicle, two counts of destruction of property, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
Corey Keith Smith was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary, grand larceny, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
Also indicted Monday was William Keith Lane for involuntary manslaughter in the July 4th traffic death of 85-year-old Welcher Vaughn Dalton.
The accident occurred at 6:40 p.m. on July 4 on Route 221, about two-tenths of a mile south of Route 638 in Dugspur. According to police reports at the time, Lane, 36, of Pulaski, was traveling south on 221 when he crossed the center line and struck a 2008 Ford Fusion driven by Dalton, who was traveling in the northbound lane. Both vehicles collided head-on.
In other indictments Monday: Thomas Edward Aitken was indicted for one count each of grand larceny, statutory burglary, selling stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
Brandon Alexander Berze was indicted for receiving stolen property.
Danette Mae Bowman was indicted for possession of a Schedule II Drug (cocaine).
Joshua Curly Bryson was indicted for attempted statutory burglary.
Kelsey Francis Burton was indicted for statutory burglary.
Simon Carlos Cortez was indicted for rape.
Joshua Curtis Duncan was indicted for one count each of arson and malicious wounding.
William Dyer Edwards was indicted for unauthorized use of an automobile.
Sandie Nicole Estep was indicted for eluding a law enforcement officer.
Christina R. Ferguson was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary and grand larceny.
Charles Eric Gravely was indicted for grand larceny.
Jesse James Gravely was indicted for grand larceny.
Daryl Thomas Green was indicted for failing to register or reregister as a sex offender or providing false information to such registry.
Travis Ray Hall was indicted for two counts of threatening to burn.
Jimmy Lee Hanks was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary, grand larceny, and selling stolen property.
Earl William Higgins was indicted for grand larceny.
Dustin Zachary Hull was indicted for statutory burglary.
Ashley J. Hylton was indicted for grand larceny.
Joshua Marlin Jones was indicted for seven counts of burglary.
Valerie Ann Lineberry was indicted for three counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Jane Lucy Martin was indicted for driving under the influence.
Justin Virgle Nester was indicted for two counts of abuse and neglect of a child.
Richard Glen Newman, Jr. was indicted for assault and battery on a police officer.
Charles Casey O’Bryan was indicted for assault and battery on a police officer.
Jackson Ellis Parrish was indicted for possession of a Schedule II Drug (methamphetamine).
Michael Thomas Richardson was indicted for possession of a Schedule II Drug (methamphetamine).
Clarence David Rife was indicted for assault and battery on a police officer.
Christopher Walter Robbins was indicted for malicious wounding.
Sidney Louis Schaffer was indicted for possession of a Schedule II Drug (methamphetamine).
Jeremy William Shaffer was indicted for one count of larceny of a firearm, two counts of larceny of property was intent to distribute, statutory burglary, and grand larceny.
Brett Leigh Slavey was indicted for one count each of armed robbery, statutory burglary, and malicious wounding.
Daniel Horace Smith, II was indicted for grand larceny.
Jason Scott Smith was indicted for grand larceny.
James Kevin Sparks was indicted for one count each of statutory burglary and grand larceny.
Bruce Lee Vaughn was indicted for destruction of property.
Shannon Dale Winesett was indicted for destruction of property.
Alexander Leon Young was indicted for grand larceny.