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Wythe Co. won’t prosecute couple

WYTHE COUNTY – Wythe County authorities have chosen not to prosecute a North Carolina couple caught hauling a dead woman in their van earlier this month.
Wythe County Sheriff Doug King said the charges filed there will not be prosecuted so that Jerry Wayne Damron, 42, and Lisa Church Damron, 31, can be returned to their Taylorsville, N.C. hometown to face more serious murder charges.
The Commonwealth requested the Wythe charges be nolle prosequi, thus reserving Wythe County’s right to re-file and prosecute the couple at a later date.
The Damrons were still being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail Friday morning. King said North Carolina authorities were in the area Friday, so he expected the couple to be taken back to that state later in the day.
The couple was arrested July 9 when a Wythe County deputy stopped their van speeding 85 in a 65 zone on Interstate 77. The deputy found a woman’s body wrapped in a blanket and stuffed into a trunk compartment in the back of the van.
The woman, identified as 42-year-old Kelly Ross Lynette Culley of Taylorsville, N.C., appeared to have been shot multiple times, King said. He said Culley is believed to have been killed in Taylorsville in the early morning hours of July 9.
The van was stopped around 8:30 a.m.
Both Damrons were charged with transportation of a dead body with malicious intent to prevent the detection of an unlawful act (also known as concealment of a dead body).
Lisa Damron also was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving and her husband was charged with being drunk in public, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon and felony assault of a police officer.
The concealed weapon charges stem from three handguns found inside the van, while assault charge resulted from an incident that occurred while Damron was being “placed in lockup,” the sheriff said.

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Wythe Co. won’t prosecute couple

WYTHE COUNTY – Wythe County authorities have chosen not to prosecute a North Carolina couple caught hauling a dead woman in their van earlier this month.
Wythe County Sheriff Doug King said the charges filed there will not be prosecuted so that Jerry Wayne Damron, 42, and Lisa Church Damron, 31, can be returned to their Taylorsville, N.C. hometown to face more serious murder charges.
The Commonwealth requested the Wythe charges be nolle prosequi, thus reserving Wythe County’s right to re-file and prosecute the couple at a later date.
The Damrons were still being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail Friday morning. King said North Carolina authorities were in the area Friday, so he expected the couple to be taken back to that state later in the day.
The couple was arrested July 9 when a Wythe County deputy stopped their van speeding 85 in a 65 zone on Interstate 77. The deputy found a woman’s body wrapped in a blanket and stuffed into a trunk compartment in the back of the van.
The woman, identified as 42-year-old Kelly Ross Lynette Culley of Taylorsville, N.C., appeared to have been shot multiple times, King said. He said Culley is believed to have been killed in Taylorsville in the early morning hours of July 9.
The van was stopped around 8:30 a.m.
Both Damrons were charged with transportation of a dead body with malicious intent to prevent the detection of an unlawful act (also known as concealment of a dead body).
Lisa Damron also was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving and her husband was charged with being drunk in public, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon and felony assault of a police officer.
The concealed weapon charges stem from three handguns found inside the van, while assault charge resulted from an incident that occurred while Damron was being “placed in lockup,” the sheriff said.

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