Trial for accused Mendota murderer continued to June 2022


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – The trial date for the man accused of killing three women in the Mendota area of Washington County, Virginia in 2019 has been continued.

Records from the Washington County, Va. Circuit Court state the trial against James Wright was set to begin on Nov. 22, 2021, at 9 a.m., but has been rescheduled for June 27 of 2022.

On Tuesday, a grand jury returned a true bill indicting Wright. Investigators spoke at a preliminary hearing on Oct. 21 and stated that Wright had previously admitted to authorities that he had killed Elizabeth Vanmeter, Joycelyn Alsup and Athina Hopson in 2019.

The bodies of Vanmeter and Alsup were found in shallow graves much earlier than Hopson, whose body was recovered in January 2021.

During the trial, Wright will face the following charges:

  • 3 counts of aggravated murder
  • 3 counts of disposal of a body
  • 3 counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

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