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Nelson man indicted on nine counts in rape, arson

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SoVaNow.com / October 02, 2019
A Nelson man has been indicted on nine felony counts tied to a rape, home invasion and arson in the Prestwould Subdivision near Clarksville in August.

Willie Jackson Farley III was charged by a Mecklenburg County grand jury with one count each of rape, sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, attempted capital murder during rape, malicious assault, robbery, burglary, arson and abduction with intent to defile.

The charges were served on Farley on Sept. 18, two days after the grand jury issued its indictments. Indictments are not findings of guilt, but rather a determination by the grand jury that sufficient evidence exists to bring alleged crimes to trial.

Farley was picked up in North Carolina on Aug. 11 after fleeing the area in the early morning hours of Aug. 9. At the time of his arrest, he was identified as a person of interest in a home invasion where the homeowner was sexually assaulted and severely battered and an arson occurred at the 200 block of Staunton Hill Drive.

The timeline of events, according to police reports from August, begins around 2:41 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9 when Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about a rape that took place at a home near Clarksville. Deputies K. Johnson, L. Thompson and C. Jackson were first to arrive at the scene. After securing the area, they contacted the Criminal Investigation Division.

The victim told MCSO investigators she was awakened by an intruder who physically and sexually assaulted her before he attempted to set fire to her residence. While he was igniting the flame, the victim said she escaped and hid in the nearby woods. A short time later, she said she watched as the suspect drove off in a pickup truck.

With him gone, the victim said she returned to the residence and was able to extinguish the initial blaze.

Later that morning around 6 a.m., Deputy J. Carey, while on patrol, observed a heavy amount of smoke coming from the Highway 15-N area. Following the trail of smoke, Carey discovered the residence where the earlier assault had occurred was now fully engulfed in flames. He immediately notified the local fire department, who responded along with a Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office investigator.

No one was at the home when Carey arrived, and the house was later declared a total loss.

Their investigation into the assault and subsequent blaze prompted deputies to issue a BOLO (be on the lookout) and arrest warrant for Farley, whose last known address was M.T. Hayes Road in Nelson. At that time, the charges were for malicious wounding.

He was picked up by authorities in Wilson, N.C. on Sunday, Aug. 11 and later extradited to Virginia. He is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta without bond.

Farley’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 21 in the Mecklenburg County Circuit Court in Boydton.

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