Hearing scheduled in Virginia veterans hospital murder case

RICHMOND, Va. — A new trial date could be set for a Blackstone man charged with killing a man at a Richmond veterans hospital.

A motions hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the case of 55-year-old Cornelius Hayes. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted murder and three firearms counts. His original May 22 trial date was canceled, and a new date is one of the issues that could be decided during the hearing in federal court.

Earlier this month, the government filed a notice that it doesn’t intend to seek the death penalty.

An indictment charges that Hayes fatally shot James Lee in the parking lot of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Feb. 22. He’s also accused of attempting to kill another person on hospital grounds.

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