Stuarts Draft Man Indicted for Parkway Shootings
Ralph Leon Jackson Faces Charges Related to April 5 Shootings at Rock Point Overlook
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 10, 2010|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—A Stuarts Draft, Virginia man has been charged by a federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville on charges related to two shootings that occurred at the Rock Point Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway on April 5, 2010.
The grand jury has charged Ralph Leon Jackson, 57, in a superseding indictment, with one count of the premeditated murder of Timothy Phillip Davis by shooting him with a firearm, and one count of using and discharging a firearm, a Harrington & Richardson 20 gauge shotgun, in relation to the murder of Mr. Davis.
Jackson was indicted in September 2010, and charged with one count of assaulting Christina Shay Floyd with the intent to commit murder, one count of assaulting Christina Floyd with a dangerous weapon with the intent to do bodily harm, and one count of using and discharging a firearm, a Harrington & Richardson 20 gauge shotgun, in relation to a crime of violence. All of the alleged incidents took place at the Rock Point Overlook on April 5, 2010.
If convicted on the new charges, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of death for both the murder charge and the use of a firearm in relation to a murder charge.
The investigation of this case was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, the Augusta County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Parks Service. Assistant United States Attorneys Anthony Giorno and Ronald Huber will prosecute the case for the United States.
A grand jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.