WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County grand jury indicted an Edinburg man accused of killing an elderly woman last spring.
Claude Delmus Shafer Jr., 36, was indicted today on a charge of capital murder in the commission of a robbery in connection with the slaying of 65-year-old Phyllis Henrietta Kline of Edinburg.
Shafer could face the death penalty if convicted.
Following his indictment, Shafer appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court.
Judge Dennis Hupp appointed Arlington-based attorney Edward Ungvarsky of the Capital Defenders' Office to represent Shafer. He also appointed local attorney Tim Coyne to be Shafer’s co-counsel.
Kline was found dead in her Edinburg home on June 16.
Details on how Kline was killed haven't been released.
Shafer has been held without bond in Shenandoah County Jail since June 17, when he was arrested and charged with Kline's murder. He also faces probation violations.
He is scheduled to return to court on May 7.
Last month, prosecutors dismissed felony charges of first-degree murder, breaking and entering and grand larceny against Shafer.
Ungvarsky is also representing Javon Lamont Arrington, 21. Arrington is also charged with capital murder in connection with the slaying of a store owner in Clover Hill in Rockingham County on Feb. 15. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in that case.
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