Two Arrested in Staunton Stabbing

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

Police have arrested two people in connection to a deadly stabbing in Staunton.

Nettie Lee Salisbury was arrested on a first degree murder charge, and George Battle, Jr. was arrested as an accessory to first degree murder after the fact.

Both suspects lived on Stafford Street where the crime took place. Officer Lisa Klein says additional charges are expected. Salisbury and Battle are being held in the Middle River Regional Jail.

Staunton Police don't call the area a bad neighborhood. They do say it's made up of residents who are trying to pull themselves together.

Klein says, "Officers responded and found Kevin Bryant lying in the street. He had been stabbed."

Shortly after, Klein says 45-year-old Kevin Lewis Bryant was pronounced dead. Police scoured the neighborhood early Monday morning, asking people if they saw anything suspicious.

Richardson Street resident Chris Lassiter says, "The people here are very friendly and it's a great neighborhood with some unique challenges but there's no place I'd rather live."

Lassiter lives one street over and he has five children. Lassiter says the neighborhood does see its share of violence from time to time.

He says, "When things happen, we just kind of explain to them that sometimes those types of things happen in the world and we just deal with them."

Lassiter and Klein say it's a tight knit community, trying so hard to overcome the violence.

Klein says, "At the same time, it's an area that's really trying to get together as a neighborhood, trying to pull together to make changes. It's not something that's going to happen overnight. So this is just going to have to give more impetus to making a change and making it a good place for everyone to live."

Lassiter adds, "I think one of the really positive things I've seen is I've just had so many conversations with people with great ideas to make a difference. I've been really encouraged by that."

As for Bryant, Staunton Circuit Court records show he was found guilty on two counts of distributing cocaine, larceny from a person, unlawful wounding and several probation violations in the last 15 years. Police are not saying whether or not Bryant's past had anything to do with Sunday night's incident. However, it is known he was staying in a home along Stafford Street.

After arriving at the scene around 9:30 p.m., police say Bryant was rushed to Augusta Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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