Dry River Murder Suspect Returns to Court

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Javon Arrington, the man charged with capital murder in connection with the Dry River Store shooting, was in court on Friday.

A community is still healing more than six months after a husband and wife were shot in their own store. Eun Kim died at the scene, and Jae Kim spent several months in physical therapy.

People who remember that night are trying to turn this tragedy into something positive. Paul Kim, the son of Eun and Jae, is now close friends with man people in the Clover Hill community.

One of those friends is Tara Keagy. When she thinks of her community now compared to that February night, "It is different. People come in and they ask about Jay, and how things are going. Things are going really good here at the store, and we're glad to have the business back. We all came together as a community and we are one, big happy family back here, and I just love that."

People who work at the store reflect those same feelings and are glad the case is moving forward.

"They were all glad that he is caught. I mean, everyone truly loved the Kims. They are glad he is caught, they just hope justice is served. and that everybody feels safe again. But everything, is going back to normal. As normal as it can be," said Amy Reese, a cashier at the Dry River Store.

During Friday's hearing, the judge ruled on several pretrial motions.

The judge approved a mental health expert for the defense to help during the potential penalty phase of the case.

He also ruled that Arrington could wear street clothes to trial instead of his prison clothes.

His next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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