MARION, Va. (WJHL) – A man has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges after a woman was killed in a Marion house fire on March 18, 2021.
According to a release from the Marion Police Department, Jason Whittaker, 38, of Marion was indicted on the following charges on Wednesday:
- Cruelty to animals
Whittaker’s charges stem from a house fire that resulted in the death of Teresa Lynn Mathena Greer, 54, also of Marion.
The remains of a dog were also recovered from the burned home.
Whittaker was arrested in late March in North Carolina on unrelated charges.
The release states the grand jury issued true bills of indictment against Whittaker after being reconvened by the Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney Roy Evans.
An investigation into the fire was conducted by the Marion Police Department, Smyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.
According to Marion Police Chief John Clair, Whittaker is jailed in Surry County, North Carolina where charges will be served against him before prosecutors decide where he will face his trials.
Whittaker is also facing assault with a deadly weapon and fugitive from justice charges in North Carolina in connection to a previous machete attack. His bond in Surry County stands at $550 thousand.