Shooting Trio Get Counsel

3 Charged In Incident That Left City Woman In Critical Condition

Posted: July 9, 2013

HARRISONBURG — The three defendants in a June 22 shooting at a Harrisonburg apartment complex that left a 22-year-old city woman critically wounded have all been appointed public defenders as of Monday, according to court documents.
Shaquille Wheeler and Marquis Veney, both 20 of Harrisonburg, were appointed attorneys by Rockingham County General District Court Judge Richard Claybrook in their first appearances.
Both are charged with one count of misdemeanor accessory after the fact to aggravated malicious wounding.
Nicholas Dixon, 20, of Harrisonburg, is accused of firing at least six shots with a rifle into a moving vehicle in the parking lot outside his residence in the Overlook at Stone Spring, an apartment complex on John Tyler Circle.
Police say the driver, Danyelle Kent-Robinson, was shot three times. She was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, where initially she was listed in critical but stable condition.
Sources say Dixon had become upset over how much money he was paid for marijuana by two men who had been driven to the complex by Kent-Robinson. Police, however, say they don’t believe she knew a drug deal was going to take place when she drove there.
Dixon was charged with felony aggravated malicious wounding, felony use of a firearm in commission of an aggravated malicious wounding and felony maliciously shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, according to court officials.
On June 23, attorney Tracy Evans of Harrisonburg was appointed to represent Dixon.
Dixon is being held at Rockingham County Jail without bond on the three charges related to the shooting, as well as on a probation violation stemming from a petty larceny conviction, according to a court official.
On Monday, the court appointed Harrisonburg defense attorney Louis Nagy to represent Wheeler, and on Wednesday, Harrisonburg attorney Andrew Graves was appointed to represent Veney. Both Wheeler and Veney were released from jail June 23 on secured $5,000 bonds.
Preliminary hearings for all three defendants are set for Aug. 20 in general district court.
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