Charges against suspects in Wise County shooting head to grand jury

Mike Still • Apr 18, 2020 at 3:45 PM

WISE — Two suspects in a Feb. 3 shooting near a Wise County cemetery saw their charges sent to a grand jury Friday.

Marshea Noel Absher, 29, and Jarred Ray Hash, 39, both of Norton, appeared in Wise County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on their charges in connection with the shooting of William Matthias Mills.

Wise County and Norton Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp III said the two were bound over to the next grand jury, which has not met in two months due to an emergency order from the Virginia Supreme Court related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Absher, who is charged with abduction, conspiracy to commit malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit abduction, allegedly drove Mills to a church cemetery in the Stephens community near Wise. There, Mills told investigators, someone opened Absher’s vehicle door and began shooting at him.

Hash was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The body of Christopher Dale Stevens, 39, Norton, was found at the scene of the shooting.

Mills remains in the Duffield Regional Jail on Feb. 1 charges of felony malicious wounding and misdemeanor assault after he allegedly punched Stevens’ brother, Steve Stevens, in the face during an incident in Wise.

Absher and Hash also remain in the Duffield jail in lieu of bond.

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