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Plea hearing in Va. murder, shooting case

HARRISONBURG, Va. — A Stuarts Draft man accused in a deadly shooting at a Blue Ridge Parkway overlook is due in federal court in Harrisonburg.

Ralph Leon Jackson’s change of plea hearing is set for Wednesday, the day his trial was scheduled to begin.

Jackson is charged with murder and four other counts in the April 2010 death of Timothy Phillip Davis of Charlottesville and the wounding of an 18-year-old Palmyra woman.

Davis and Floyd were shot from behind as they sat on a wall at the Rock Point Overlook. Davis tumbled about 150 feet off the overlook and later died.

Jackson pleaded not guilty in November, but attorneys have been working on a plea bargain.

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