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Murder suspect sentenced for sex offender charges

James Lloyd Terry, a 41-year-old Halifax resident accused of capital murder and rape related to the April 2011 death of 84-year-old Charlotte Osborne Rice, was sentenced Monday in Halifax County Circuit Court to a pair of five-year sentences for failing to register as a sex offender.

Judge Joel Cunningham, presiding judge in the capital case, suspended all but two years in prison for the first charge of failing to register as a sex offender, conditioned on Terry’s good behavior for five years.

Terry was arrested on the murder charge in April 2011 after the body of Rice was discovered in her North Main Street home when authorities responded to a report of a possible breaking and entering.

Acting on a 911 call, police arrived at the North Main Street residence where they apprehended Terry following a foot pursuit through yards neighboring Rice’s house.

Terry has been held without bond since the time of his arrest.


Other court cases

Clint Andrew Hazelwood, 21, of Alton had four charges against him dismissed during a bench trial on Monday, one each for conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to break and enter, grand larceny and breaking and entering.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros two additional charges against the defendant prior to the trial, one for conspiracy to commit grand larceny, the other for grand larceny.

 Charles Edmonds, 49, of Halifax was convicted Monday of three vehicle violations, in a misdemeanor appeal case.

Edmonds was convicted of one charge for having no inspection sticker or an expired inspection sticker on his vehicle, another for having expired registration and a third for having no operator’s license.

The court dismissed a fourth charge against Edmonds for having no liability insurance.

The court ordered Edmonds to pay a total of $85 in fines.

 Hope Hester Davis, 48, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a probation violation.

The court revoked Davis’ previously suspended prison sentence but re-suspended all but one weekend in jail for the defendant.

 Carel Ann Ferrell, 47, of South Boston was convicted Monday of a misdemeanor charge for contempt of court.

The court sentenced Ferrell to 10 days in jail, with all time suspended.

 Jennifer Darlene Martin, 28, of South Boston was sentenced Monday to a 10-year suspended prison sentence, conditioned on her good behavior for 10 years for possession of cocaine.

The court placed Martin on probation for one year, and it ordered her operator’s license suspended for six months.

The court also ordered the defendant to pay court costs within 12 months.

Martin pleaded guilty to the charge in July 2011, with the court granting her first offender status and continuing the case.

Martin had her first offender status revoked in October, with the court subsequently convicting her of the cocaine possession charge.

 Karina Quiroz Lopez, 24, of Halifax pleaded not guilty last week to a pair of charges for felony child neglect.

The commonwealth moved to nol pros two other charges against Lopez during the hearing, both for felony child abuse.

The court found evidence sufficient to convict Lopez of the child neglect charges but took the case under advisement for 12 months.