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June 22, 2020

Murder defendant allegedly bought knife that night

Melody Dawn Glascock (left) allegedly committed the murder with help from Maria Embrey and her son James S. Embrey III.
A family member discovered the body of Kelly Marie Gray, 40, in her Bealeton apartment around 7 p.m. Thursday.
James Embrey and Maria Embrey stated they drove to the store and accompanied Melody when the knife in question was purchased. They then drove to the apartment complex in Bealeton where James stood watch on the stairwell while Melody (Glascock) and Maria went to the victim’s residence.
— Arrest document
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A woman murdered in her Bealeton apartment last Thursday died of “multiple” knife wounds, according to Fauquier sheriff’s detectives.

A family member discovered the body of Kelly Gray, 40, in her Aspen Club apartment and called 911 at 7:09 p.m. on June 18, the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On Saturday, authorities arrested Melody Dawn Glascock, 54, of Linden, and charged her with first-degree murder and related counts, including solicitation of an adult to commit first-degree murder and concealment and destruction of evidence.

The next morning authorities arrested James Samuel Embrey III, 20, and his mother, Marie Dawn Embrey, 40, both of Stephens City. They face conspiracy to commit murder charges.

“The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office received information from a concerned citizen that Melody Glascock contacted them on June 18 and asked them to commit the murder of Kelly Gray by stabbing,” an arrest document reads. “The concerned citizen declined the offer and reported the incident to law enforcement.”

Another “concerned citizen” informed the sheriff’s office “they were approached” by Ms. Glascock on June 18 and “asked for a knife to commit a murder of Kelly Gray” but declined to provide one, according to investigators.

Ms. Glascock “later confirmed to law enforcement that she made those statements to the concerned citizens,” investigators stated.

A clerk at a Fauquier County store told investigators that Ms. Glascock bought a “large knife” at 6:30 the night of Ms. Gray’s murder, a court document states.

“James Embrey and Maria Embrey stated they drove to the store and accompanied Melody when the knife in question was purchased,” the document says. “They then drove to the apartment complex in Bealeton where James stood watch on the stairwell while Melody and Maria went to the victim’s residence.

“Maria and Melody went inside the residence, with what Maria described as Melody holding a plastic bag containing the knife. Melody approached the victim in her bedroom and closed the door. Maria then left the apartment and joined James on the stairwell to ‘look out’ for the victim’s husband should he return while Melody was in the apartment.”

After the murder, the Embreys said they and Ms. Glascock “traveled together” to Ms. Glascock’s Linden home, “disposing of the evidence along the way and Melody told them she killed Kelly,” an arrest states.

Ms. Glascock and the Embreys remain in jail without bond.

Contact Don Del Rosso at or 540-270-0300.
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ksielin · June 29, 2020 at 9:41 am
This is pretty cool and awesome.
Rover 530 · June 25, 2020 at 7:18 pm
This is bound to become a very strange and kinky case before it's all said and done. No one deserves to die that way. Stay tuned.
AmericanPatriot · June 24, 2020 at 8:33 am
Can 5 day waiting periods for knives be far behind?
jdobbins · June 23, 2020 at 5:07 pm
Thanks. What a lousy reason to get killed. I hope Glascock gets everything that should be coming to her.
DonkeyFarmer · June 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm
jdobbins - I don't think the police have mentioned a motive, but from what I read on other news sites (so take that for what it is), Melody Glascocks lesbian girlfriend left her and was apparently being assisted and/or counseled by the murder victim.
jdobbins · June 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm
Has a motive been determined?
Truepat · June 23, 2020 at 6:26 am
Apparently you can be too "disabled" to work and receive welfare benefits from the state of Virginia but not too "disabled" to conceive, plan, and carry out a vicious murder. Let's see if the too "disabled" concept is played in the court of law, spider boy is already stating he doesn't understand why he needs a lawyer....SMH
DonkeyFarmer · June 22, 2020 at 5:45 pm
My God, look at the state of those three. The one woman looks like she got hit in the head and it scrambled her eyes.
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