Remember Christopher Speight? He’s the guy who methodically shot and killed 8 people in Appomattox a couple of years back, some family members, some not.
He pleaded guilty Friday and got five life terms in prison.
From the Associated Press:
“According to a statement of facts [Commonwealth's Attorney Darrel] Puckett read during the hearing, Speight told investigators that an Egyptian goddess named Jennifer told him to shoot his family because they were possessed by demons.
The others were ambushed from Speight’s perch in a tree house after they came to the house. Speight told investigators that Jennifer ordered them shot so they couldn’t help the first victims, whose bodies needed to rot, according to the statement.”
We knew back shortly after the shootings that this guy was a concealed-carry permit holder. How? Some enterprising reporter simply went to a court clerk’s office and asked for the information.
But soon, that kind of info may be private.
The Virginia General Assembly has passed a bill to keep that kind of information under wraps in the future. If Gov. Bob McDonnell signs it (odds are he will), we will never know if the next Virginia insaniac who shoots and kills multiple people was licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon.
More from the story:
Family members and others who knew Speight said at the time of the shootings that he had a history of mental problems and had been obsessed with the mistaken notion that his sister, Lauralee Sipe, was plotting to kick him out of the house on 34 acres that they inherited after their mother’s death in 2006.
Five months after the shootings, a judge sent Speight to a state mental hospital for treatment after a psychologist found the defendant was too mentally ill to assist his lawyers or stand trial. The case remained on hold for the next couple of years as attorneys dealt with pretrial motions and awaited additional mental evaluations.