FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: October 2, 2013
RE: Nelson County Special Grand Jury indicts Lovingston woman
on charges in connection with several house fires.
FROM: ANTHONY MARTIN, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Yesterday in Nelson County Circuit Court, a special grand jury indicted of 18 Creekview Lane, Lovingston, Virginia on charges of arson, obtaining money by false pretenses, and felony murder relating to a house fire that occurred on August 2, 2009. James Shelton, Sr. died from injuries sustained in the August 2nd fire.
Blackwell was also indicted for arson and obtaining money by false pretenses in connection with two (2) more house fires on the same property at Creekview Lane, one in February 2012 and the other in May 2013.
The indictments follow a Virginia State Police and Nelson County Sheriff’s Office investigation spanning several years.
Blackwell is currently being held without bond in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. An advisement hearing in the Circuit Court has not yet been scheduled.