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January 12, 2021

Glascock, Farmer murder jury trials set for summer

The murder trials of Melody Dawn Glascock and Daniel Maertin Farmer II will begin June 14 and July 12, respectively, in Fauquier County Circuit Court.
We understand the delays that we’ve all had to deal with because of the virus. We’re just glad we’re finally going to get our day in court.
— Fairfax lawyer Robert V. Bryan Jr.
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Staff Journalist
After months of coronavirus-related delays, two gruesome Fauquier murder cases finally will go to trial this summer before county circuit court juries.

Beginning June 14, the accused killer of a Bealeton woman in her apartment last summer will get up to a seven-day trial.

Melody Dawn Glascock, 55, of Linden, faces a first-degree murder charge and two conspiracy-related counts in the stabbing death of Kelly Marie Gray, 40.

First-degree murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Co-defendants Maria Dawn Embrey, 41, and her son James Samuel Embrey III, 21, each face one count of accessory after the fact in the Gray murder case. Awaiting the disposition of their charges, the two Stephens City residents remain free on bond.

Daniel Martin Farmer II, 26, faces first-degree murder, use a firearm in the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery charges in the August 2019 shooting death of teen Lincoln Lamar Williams Jr. outside of his family’s home near Warrenton.

Mr. Farmer’s trial, scheduled for five days, will begin July 12.

A Fauquier County Circuit Court jury last March convicted Myi’son Ianeene Ellis, 40, of the same charges in Mr. Williams’ death. Mr. Ellis received a 51-year prison sentence.

In a botched robbery attempt, Mr. Williams, 18, died of single gunshot wound to the face, according to investigators.

A key prosecution witness and one of the three defendants, Lurcretia Ann Robinson, 55, of Nokesville, testified during the trial that Mr. Ellis separately confessed to her that he shot the victim.

Authorities originally charged Ms. Robinson with conspiracy to commit robbery in connection with Mr. Williams’ shooting death.

Last June, she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge — accessory after a homicide — and got sentenced to five years in prison, with three years and two months suspended.

Presiding in Fauquier last Friday, Circuit Court Jeannette A. Irby, who sits in Leesburg, set the trials dates for both Mr. Farmer and Ms. Glascock.

The 20th judicial circuit includes Loudoun, Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

Warrenton lawyer Mark B. Williams represents Ms. Glascock.

“I’m very satisfied” the trial schedule, Mr. Williams said. “I had some big trials in April and May. I don’t like to stack jury trials on top of each other. It couldn’t have worked out better for us.”

The investigation already has yielded a substantial amount of evidence and will involve a lot of witness testimony, he said.

But a seven-day trial “will be plenty of time to get all the evidence in and for the jury to deliberate,” Mr. Williams said.

Fairfax lawyer Robert V. Bryan Jr. represents Mr. Farmer.

A five-day trial will be sufficient to make his client’s case, Mr. Bryan said.

“We understand the delays that we’ve all had to deal with because of the virus,” he said. “We’re just glad we’re finally going to get our day in court.”

COVID-19 related measures to ensure the participants’ safety will make the trial process — particularly selection of a 12-person jury — more cumbersome and time-consuming than normal, he suggested.

Mr. Bryan expressed greater concern about how COVId-19 might influence make up of juries.

“The bigger question is who will show up for jury duty?” Mr. Bryan said. “And does that benefit the prosecution, does that benefit the defense? Those are unknowns.”

The seven-member Virginia Supreme Court last spring required all circuit courts to develop plans that again would allow them to conduct jury trials — provided that they conform with state and federal government COVID-19 mandates and guidance.

The supreme court last November approved the Fauquier County Circuit Court plan to resume jury trials.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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