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Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney appointed to determine future of investigation into Levar Stoney’s removal of confederate monuments

Tim Martin, Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney.
Tim Martin, Augusta County Commonwealth's Attorney.(WHSV)
Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 7:51 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Augusta County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Tim Martin, has been appointed by the Richmond Circuit Court to determine if the removal of confederate monuments in Richmond needs to be investigated.

Richmond councilwoman Kim Gray called for an investigation last month after learning Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney had chosen a contracting firm to remove the confederate monuments, which was linked to one of Mayor Stoney’s donors.

Now, Martin has been chosen to determine if an investigation needs to be done regarding the contract.

“The first step there will be a deep dive into the legal side of things and the facts. And we’ll apply the facts to that law, and we’ll determine if there’s even a violation of the criminal law alleged,” Martin said. “We’ll make sure it’s thorough. We won’t operate on any timeline, and most likely will not be updating the public during the investigation phase."

Richmond’s top prosecutor, Collette McEachin, declined a request to investigate the removal, noting Devon Henry had donated to her husband Donald McEachin’s campaign in 2011.

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