A 71-year-old Halifax resident, Gloria Jean Crider, was indicted Thursday, March 7, by a Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury for felony solicitation of another person in connection with the death of her husband, Floyd Crider, according to court documents.
Crider is alleged to have committed the offense on Wednesday, July 18, according to the indictment.
Crider “unlawfully and feloniously commanded, entreated or otherwise attempted to persuade another person to commit the murder of Floyd Crider,” the indictment states.
Gloria Jean Crider currently is being held at Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Crider last Friday in connection with the death of her husband, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred C. Clark.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sam Edmonds arrested Crider at 9:33 a.m., according to court records.
Floyd Leslie Crider was found dead in the couple’s home on Sweeney Trail in Halifax on Thursday, July 19, Clark said.
The investigation continued from that point, with 32-year-old Journy Lee Snead, the Criders’ grandson and resident of the home, arrested and charged with his 75-year-old grandfather’s death in December.
Snead’s trial on first-degree murder charges is set to begin in Halifax County Circuit Court on Monday, March 25, according to court records.
Crider was found around 6:30 p.m. lying on the floor of his Sweeney Trail residence, dead from apparent head injuries, according to Clark.
The grand jury in December returned a true bill charging Snead with felony first-degree murder in connection with Crider’s death.
After the indictment came back as a true bill, Halifax County officers received information Snead was in Pittsylvania County.
Clark said his office alerted Danville Police Department and Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office to be on the lookout for the vehicle in which Snead was believed to have been traveling.
Pittsylvania County authorities arrested Snead on Dec. 6 and transported him to the Pittsylvania County Jail in Chatham where he was held with no bond.
The following afternoon, he was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax.
At the time of Crider’s death last summer, the Virginia State Police Crime Scene Unit assisted the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office in processing the crime scene.
In an indictment handed down Feb. 7, 43-year-old Bridget Rena Thompson of South Boston was charged with possession of cocaine, a Schedule I/II controlled substance, according to court records.
The alleged offense occurred May 21, and Deputy J.L. Franco arrested Thompson on Wednesday.