2008 Pawnshop Murder Trial Set To Begin Today; John Richard Gray Is Charged with First Degree Murder, Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, and Possession of Firearm by Felon

Published Monday, March 5, 2012 at 9:15 am

John Richard Gray

March 5, 2012. BOONE — The trial for the three-year-old pawnshop murder is set to begin today with John Richard Gray, 31, of Virginia Beach charged with first degree murder, robbery with dangerous weapon and possession of firearm by felon. Scott Casey and Jeff Hedrick are the court-appointed lawyers representing Gray.

In the winter of 2008, two days after allegedly killing Jimmy Roberts, who owned the Gold and Closeout Connection on 499 East King Street, Gray was arrested on Christmas Day for the murder of Roberts after a standoff with Illinois State Police at a hotel in Rochelle, Ill.

The truck Gray believed to have left the scene of the crime in was a pewter-colored Chevrolet Silverado pickup was marked with a company name that said “Yard Art.” 

 

Below are listings from Watauga Superior Criminal Trial Calendar that pertain to Gray.  

 

 

0029 08 CRS 052783  GRAY, JOHN RICHARD          APT.: CASEY/HEDRICK   ADA: CLB   1

     TB: 020909

     (F)FIRST DEGREE MURDER              STEVENS, MD        BPD

     CLS:A  P:   L:     PLEA:      VER:                  JUDGMENT:

 

 0030 09 CRS 000493  GRAY, JOHN RICHARD          APT.: CASEY/HEDRICK   ADA: CLB

     TB: 020909  BOND:    $50,000 SEC

     (F)ROBBERY WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON    STEVENS, M          BPD

     CLS:D  P:   L:     PLEA:      VER:                  JUDGMENT:

 

 0031 09 CRS 000494  GRAY, JOHN RICHARD          APT.: CASEY/HEDRICK   ADA: CLB

     TB: 020909  BOND:         $1 SEC

     (F)POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON   STEVENS, M          BPD

     CLS:G  P:   L:     PLEA:      VER:                  JUDGMENT:

 

 0032 10 CRS 051434  GRAY, JOHN RICHARD          APT.: HEDRICK, JEFF    ADA: CLB   2

     TB: 092710  BOND:     $7,500 SEC

     (F)POSSESS WEAPON BY PRISONER (F)   VIRGINIA, C         SFF

                                         TRIVETTE, BARRY

                                         THOMAS, PAT

                                         HICKS, DOUG

     CLS:   P:   L:     PLEA:      VER:                  JUDGMENT:

 WATAUGA SUPERIOR CRIMINAL TRIA         PAGE:    9         03/05/12 10:00 AM 000A                     SUPERIOR COURT CALENDAR          PAGE:   10

         COURT DATE: 03/05/12        TIME: 10:00 AM        COURTROOM NUMBER: 000A

 NO.  FILE NUMBER DEFENDANT NAME                                               CONT

 *************************************************************************************

 0033 10 CRS 051435  GRAY, JOHN RICHARD          APT.: HEDRICK, JEFF    ADA: CLB   2

     TB: 092710  BOND:         $1 SEC

     (F)POSSESS WEAPON BY PRISONER (F)   VIRGINIA,C         SFF

                                         TRIVETTE, BARRY

                                         THOMAS, PAT

                                         HICKS, DOUG

     CLS:   P:   L:     PLEA:      VER:                  JUDGMENT:

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