An Accused Murderer is Behind Bars, Leaving the Valley To Rest Easy

A Valley man accused of murder is in jail.

Richard Smith

MOUNT SIDNEY, Va. (WHSV)-- Richard Clay Smith is the Weyers Cave man who has been on the run for days. Police and deputies have tried to catch him, and finally, their efforts have led to his arrest.

Smith isn't the only person WHSV has been following though, two others have been arrested in connection with Smith's case.

Andrea Mullan, his alleged accomplice, and Smith's sister, Laura Lee Williams, have also been taken into custody in the past week since this all began.

Virginia State police captured murder suspect Richard Smith in Page County during the afternoon on Sept. 2. He was captured on Lee Highway.

On Sept. 1, Mullan was arrested in Washington Township, NJ, near Philadelphia. Deputies from Augusta County are on their way to New Jersey to try and expedite Mullan. She was arrested on fraud charges in Page County.

Smith's sister, Williams, was also arrested on Sept. 1. She is charged with first degree murder, and being held at the Rockingham County Jail.

This has all led to the capture of Richard Smith. He has a past criminal history, with four DWI convictions,almost a dozen other convictions of forgery, and a pending grand larceny charge, which he failed to appear in court for.

Smith is currently being held in the Page County jail. The court hearing for his charges is expected to happen in a matter of weeks.

Of course, neighbors say there is a feeling of relief. They feel like they can breathe easier now on that quiet road in Mount Sidney.

It's safe to say this is one of our most-followed stories of the year on social media. The Facebook post announcing Smith's capture, already has over 565 shares.

"Thankful nobody else got hurt. Thanks for Virginia's finest men and women who risked there lives to take him off the street," said Roger Ayers, who commented on Facebook.


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