LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)-On Tuesday morning, three Albemarle County siblings, two of whom are tied to the death investigation of Waynesboro reserve police captain Kevin Quick, appeared in court.
Charges against Daniel Mathis and Mersadies Shelton connected to Quick have been nolle prossed.
Tuesday, the Commonwealth Attorney decided to, at least for now, not more forward with the charges for stealing that Quick's SUV, but both still do face charges for the shooting. Today a judge decided during a preliminary hearing that there is enough evidence for those cases to move forward.
"What's most important is all suspects remain held without bond in the Central Virginia Regional Jail pending the outcome of this case," says Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney Rusty McGuire.
Family for the three suspects spoke out for the first time Tuesday.
"I am relieved," says step-grandfather Danny Trobuaugh. "I don't think there is any connection with them unless it was just incidental, unknowing."
Quick, of Rockfish, was reported missing on Feb. 1, when he failed to arrive at his girlfriend's residence in Albemarle County. The 45-year-old captain was last seen in Nelson County on Jan. 31, and was found dead in Goochland County on Feb. 6. Since then, six people, including siblings Daniel Mathis and Mersadies Shelton, have been arrested and charged in connection with his disappearance and death.
Mathis and Shelton were also involved in the malicious wounding and attempted robbery of a Louisa County family on Super Bowl Sunday.Last month, Eddie Chaplain says that Mathis came to his home that day with a family friend. Once Mathis entered Chaplain's home, he allegedly demanded money at gunpoint, pistol whipped the girlfriend of Chaplain's older son, and pointed the gun at Chaplain's 2-year-old son saying, "Is his life worth this money?"
Chaplain says he fought to get the gun away from Mathis, and their struggle continued outside onto the front porch. Mersadies Shelton then allegedly hopped out of Quick's SUV and charged into the fight. Chaplain says Shelton picked up the gun, which had fallen off the porch, and began beating him in the head with the weapon. Mathis allegedly fired a shot into the home's front door, before fleeing with his sister to Alexandria in the vehicle. Chaplain says the bullet went through the door and hit his son in the buttocks.
Mathis and Shelton were arrested in early February; Virginia State Police charged the siblings with felony grand larceny for the theft of Quick's 1999 Toyota 4Runner.
The siblings appeared in Louisa County General District Court on Tuesday in connection with the Super Bowl Sunday incident. Those charges were certified to the Grand Jury. Mathis' charges include malicious wounding, unlawful wounding, multiple counts of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted robbery at a residence, brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and buying stolen goods. Mersadies Shelton's charges include buying stolen goods, principal in the second degree malicious wounding, and principle in the second degree use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Mathis and Shelton's sister, Shantai Shelton, appeared in Louisa County General District Court on Tuesday in another case. Shelton was living with a man named David Sharpe, who resides on the 15000 block of Hopeful Church Road in Bumpass. In October 2013, she allegedly poisoned him by giving him three glasses of milk laced with SEROQUEL XR, a drug prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She is also accused of taking his wallet, gun and credit cards. Shelton's charges include petit larceny, selling stolen property, larceny of a firearm, multiple counts of credit card theft, obtaining money under false pretenses and attempted poison.
On Tuesday, the poisoning charges against Shantai Shelton were certified to a grand jury.
Four other suspects charged in connection with Quick's death and disappearance, Leslie Casterlow, Anthony Stokes Jr., Halisi Uhuru (also known as Girt Wright) and Anthony White, are expected to appear in court in Goochland County on Monday, May 19 on charges of felony gang participation. During Shantai Shelton's hearing, testimony came out from the victim who she allegedly stole jewelry from that said Shantai was Anthony White's girlfriend.