Nelson County, Virginia
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Update: 5.12.09 10:20 AM EDT
Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks confirmed to NCL moments ago that his agency has recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon in Waynesboro, VA…more shortly.
Earlier post from this morning
Nelson County Life first broke the story of Opal Page’s brutal murder last Wednesday night on May 6th as the crime was unfolding. Yesterday we broke the arrest of the two young men police say killed Opal Page. Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks confirmed that 18 year-old Christopher Meeks of Shipman and 20 year-old Austin Griffin of Crawford’s View have been charged with 1st Degree Murder of Mrs. Page. Both sit in the Albermarle Justice Complex without bond awaiting a Wednesday court hearing.
Monday interview above with Nelson County Sheriff, David Brooks, shortly after the arrest of the pair.
Rumors swirled early Monday that the pair had been arrested, but the actual arrest didn’t take place until later in the day. Meeks was picked up on Misty Hollow Road in Amherst County; Griffin was picked up in the Paul’s Creek area near his home in Nelson County.
A witness interviewed within a day or so of the murder reported seeing two suspicious males near the driveway of Mrs. Page’s home just north of Greenfield the day of the murder.
It’s believed the pair stole Mrs. Page’s 1998 Chevy Malibu after the murder and then abandoned it in nearby Waynesboro, Virginia. Police recovered the car, seen above, the next day.
In addition to the 1st degree murder charge, Meeks and Griffin have been charged with petty larceny, grand larceny, and burglary.