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Police: man caused wreck, murdered passenger

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

DICKENSON COUNTY – Police say a Clintwood man is jailed on murder and other charges for allegedly “purposely” ramming a vehicle with his truck Sunday and then physically assaulting the driver and passenger, leaving a woman dead.

Adam W. Stanley, 38, of Clintwood is being held without bond in Southwest Virginia Regional Jail after being arrested Monday, said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. Stanley is charged with first-degree murder, two felony counts of aggravated malicious wounding and one count of felony property destruction.

According to Geller, Stanley’s charged arose from a two-vehicle crash on Dickenson Highway at 2:41 a.m. Sunday. She said a State Police investigation determined Stanley rammed his 1995 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck into a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer. The Blazer then ran off the road.

Stanley was not injured, but the driver of the Blazer, Katrina L. Bartley, 37, of Clintwood, sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries and her passenger, Rachel N. Coleman, 33, of Haysi, was dead at the scene.

“The injuries Bartley and Coleman suffered were not related to the traffic crash. Because the incident remains ongoing at this time, state police are not releasing any additional details concerning the circumstances surrounding how the two women were physically assaulted by Stanley,” Geller said.

Before the murder charge was filed Tuesday afternoon, Geller said Bartley’s injuries were “more severe than what would have resulted from the traffic crash.”

Further investigation into Bartley’s injuries was what led to Stanley’s arrest, she said, adding that his wounding and property damage charges “stem from his ramming of the Blazer and aggravated malicious wounding of Bartley.”

Coleman’s body has been sent to the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for an autopsy.

Stanley is being held without bond. Online court records show he is to be in Dickenson County General District Court March 18.

An investigation is continuing by Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Wytheville Field Office, with assistance from Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office.

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