Fairfax Chamber Endorses Kilgore
Board Cites Stance on Road, Rail Taxes
In a surprise move, the political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore, an unexpected show of support from a key business group in the state's most populous county.
Members of the group's board of trustees said Kilgore's stance allowing governments to raise taxes for road and rail projects led them to believe that he was more committed to helping Northern Virginia secure a dedicated source of funding for transportation.
Kilgore's Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, has said he would not support raising new money for transportation until the General Assembly locks up such funds with a constitutional amendment.
Body Identified as VCU Student's
More Tests Needed to Determine Cause of Death
Authorities identified a decomposed body found in a shallow grave east of Richmond as that of missing 17-year-old college student Taylor Marie Behl.
The body was found in woods on a rural property 70 miles east of Richmond. The medical examiner used dental records to confirm that the badly decomposed remains were Behl's. Investigators need to conduct more forensic tests to determine the cause of death, FBI Special Agent Don Thompson said.
Behl, who graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna, disappeared after leaving her dorm room Sept. 5, two weeks into her freshman year at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Police said they expect to file charges in the case soon.
High Court Won't Hear Death Row Case
Supporters Look to Warner in Clemency Bid
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Virginia death penalty case that had raised concerns about destroyed DNA evidence.
The court rejected inmate Robin Lovitt's bid for a hearing. Following the decision, Virginia officials informed Lovitt's attorneys that they were suggesting Nov. 30 as a new execution date.
Meanwhile, Lovitt's supporters turned their focus to Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D), who has the power to grant clemency.
Lovitt was sentenced to death in the 1998 stabbing and robbery of Clayton Dicks, 45, a night manager at a pool hall in Arlington County. His case stands out because a Virginia court clerk, over the objections of two other clerks, destroyed DNA evidence presented at Lovitt's trial. As a result, Lovitt did not have the chance to retest inconclusive DNA samples.
He has maintained his innocence since his arrest.
Sniper 'Witness' Charged in Stabbing
Woman's Body Found in Fairfax County
A Falls Church man who gained notoriety when he falsely claimed to have seen the sniper shooting outside a Home Depot in 2002 was charged with murder in the stabbing death of a woman in Fairfax County.
Matthew M. Dowdy, 40, was arrested at the Stratford Motor Lodge on Broad Street in Falls Church, Fairfax police said. He is accused of beating and then stabbing Judy "Jaimie" Coate, 31, of Falls Church. Coate's body was discovered Sept. 27 near a large utility box in the 7200 block of Lee Highway, just east of Graham Road near the border of Falls Church.
Dowdy was at the Home Depot in the Seven Corners Shopping Center on Oct. 14, 2002, when FBI analyst Linda Franklin was shot and killed during the sniper rampage. Dowdy told police he had seen an "olive-skinned" man in a denim jacket, crouched outside a cream-colored van inside the covered Home Depot parking lot where Franklin was killed. He told detectives the man was wielding an AK-47 rifle with a silencer and that the van had a shiny rack.
After investigators determined that the information was false, Dowdy was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,000 for making a false statement to police.