- Last Updated on 07:49 AM 06/26/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
The latest in a long series of motions hearings in the James Lloyd Terry capital murder case continued Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court, where Judge Joel Cunningham considered a number of motions, both from the prosecution and capital defense team.
The prosecution submitted three motions for consideration on Monday, one a Commonwealth’s Order to appoint a commonwealth’s expert in the case.
The prosecution was expected to submit a commonwealth’s motion for a jury questionnaire and a motion to rule on voir dire questions in advance of Terry’s trial, set for September.
The capital defense team filed documents on behalf of Terry prior to Monday’s motions hearing, including a response to a commonwealth’s motion for jury questionnaire and a response to a commonwealth motion for the court to rule on voir dire questions in advance of the trial.
The defense also filed a motion for additional funding for a mental health expert in a capital case, and it filed a motion to re-appoint a mental health expert to conduct a competency re-evaluation.
Terry, a 41-year-old Halifax resident, is facing capital murder, rape, robbery, burglary and object sexual penetration charges in connection with the April 2011 death of 84-year-old Charlotte Osborne Rice.
Terry was arrested after the body of Rice was discovered in her North Main Street, South Boston home when authorities responded to a report of a possible breaking and entering.
Acting on a 911 call from a neighbor, police arrived at Rice’s residence where they apprehended Terry following a foot pursuit through yards adjacent to Rice’s house.
Terry, a registered sex offender, could face the death penalty if convicted of capital murder.
Another motions hearing is scheduled for July 8.