Grand jury indicts 29

Published 10:58 pm Thursday, December 15, 2011

A man who police say fled from a traffic stop and later was involved in a wreck that killed his two passengers was indicted by the grand jury Wednesday.

Cornell A. Richardson, of Drewryville, faces charges on two counts of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and one count each of driving while intoxicated, driving too fast for conditions, eluding police, obstructing justice, driving without a license and speeding.

He was among 29 defendants indicted on 67 charges.

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The accident occurred on July 9, according to a news release from shortly after the accident. A police officer stopped the 1992 Toyota in the 1500 block of Holland Road shortly before 1 a.m.

The driver initially stopped, according to the news release, but then took off westbound as the officer exited his vehicle.

The officer followed in the direction the vehicle fled and came upon debris in the roadway in the 6400 block of Holland Road. They found that the vehicle had left the roadway, struck a guardrail and then a tree. All three occupants were trapped in the vehicle.

Passenger Keiska Thornhill, 36, of Franklin, died at the scene. Another passenger, Laverne Samala Crowell, 36, of Newport News, succumbed to her injuries five days later.


The full list of indictments is as follows:

  • Ronnie Jerome Barnes — obtain money by false pretenses (2 counts); embezzlement more than $200 (2 counts)
  • Dimitrius Trevell Bryant — carry concealed weapon, second offense
  • Jonathan Louis Byrd — grand larceny more than $200; third offense larceny
  • Kelly S. Chapman — forgery of public records; uttering forged public records
  • Leonard Steven Cook — possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Tashia Monique Evans — aggravated malicious wounding
  • Robert Junior Faulk Jr. — malicious wounding; shoot/stab in commission of a felony
  • Sharon Kay Gale — embezzlement more than $200 (4 counts)
  • Rudolph Jamell Godfrey — unauthorized use of auto
  • Christopher Dean Harrison — grand larceny; larceny with intent to sell
  • Richard Lee Hughes — grand larceny
  • Shirley Annette Jackson — forge/utter counterfeit bills; possess forged bank notes; grand larceny
  • Shannon Leigh Lambert — possession of controlled substance
  • Bruce Melvin Little — assault and battery of family member
  • James Lamont Miles — indecent liberties with child under 15; aggravated sexual battery (2 counts)
  • Dexter Omar Moore — possession of heroin
  • Christopher J. Oblisk — worthless check
  • Phillip P. Parker — robbery; use of a firearm; conspiracy to commit robbery; wear mask in public
  • David Glenn Perkins — grand larceny; obtain money by false pretenses
  • Cornell Anthony Richardson — aggravated involuntary manslaughter (2 counts); DWI, first offense; drive too fast for conditions; no drivers license; speeding 63/45; elude/disregard police; obstruct justice without force
  • Ashley Michelle Rowe — possession of controlled substance
  • Ahmond J. Ryland — possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Michele Densie Ryland — possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; sale, distribute marijuana
  • Kiara Sade Tann — forgery of public records (3 counts); uttering forged public records (3 counts)
  • David Zachary Thompson — unauthorized use of vehicle larceny more than $200
  • Toby Ricardo Thorne — possession of cocaine
  • Glenn Edward Tucker — grand larceny (2 counts); third offense larceny; induce another to perjure (2 counts); conspiracy to induce perjury (2 counts)
  • Dwyania Lynette Williams — assault and batter law enforcement officer
  • Eddie Darius Woodley — attempted unlawful wounding