Man arrested in Big Stone Gap homicide


UPDATE: A man has been arrested in connection with a homicide investigation in Big Stone Gap.

Joshua Blake Smith, 31 of Big Stone Gap, is facing multiple charges, including second degree murder, abduction, malicious preventing another from calling 911, trespassing, credit card theft, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and solicitation of another to conceal a dead body, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp.

He is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail at Duffield.

No other details were provided.

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BIG STONE GAP, Va. (WJHL) — Several agencies are investigating a possible homicide in Big Stone Gap.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp, a person of interest is in police custody and there is no immediate danger to the public.

Slemp said the possible homicide happened on Albemarle Street.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Big Stone Gap Police Department, and commonwealth’s attorney office are investigating.

No other information has been released.

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