Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

By: Carly Stepheson Email
By: Carly Stepheson Email

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

The hearing only lasted about 20 minutes and during the hearing, members of the Kim family were present.

Arrington was appointed an attorney with the Northern Virginia Capital Defender's office. His lawyer asked for permission to meet face-to-face with his client, but law enforcement warned Arrington may be dangerous. Gene Hart, a local attorney, will serve as co-council.

Arrington faces six charges, including attempt to commit capital offense, aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of use of firearm in commission of a felony.

The Dry River shooting happened on Feb. 15 and the two clerks who ran the store, Eun Kim and Jae Kim were involved. Eun was killed and Jae is still trying to recover at U Va. Medical Center.

In court, Arrington's attorney addressed a swab taken from Arrington after he was behind bars. He said that he did not want it to be used yet in the investigation; however, the judge denied that motion. The swab was taken after a judge issued search warrant signed by a circuit court judge.

Commonwealth's attorney Marsha Garst said the the sample was lawfully taken and that it was not a consent in any format.

Arrington's trial dates have not been set. He will have a schedule set including hearings and a trial date on May 8 at 1 p.m.

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