Preliminary Hearing Set in Killing of Aldie Resident

A West Virginia man charged with the murder of an Aldie auto shop owner will be back in court at the end of the year for a preliminary hearing on his case.

Dale Lee Wright, 50, is charged in the March 17 shooting death of 72-year-old Bluemont resident Jeffrey B. Evans. That morning, Wright is alleged to have shot Evans when the two met in a gravel lot off Rt. 7 just across the Shenandoah River, a short distance from the Clarke/Loudoun line. According to police reports, the two had arranged a meeting to discuss a business transaction, the details of which have not been released. Wright was taken into custody just days after the incident.

Wednesday morning there was a brief progress hearing on the case as the Dec. 18 preliminary hearing was set. Clarke County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne Williams said she believed the hearing would take about two hours and she anticipates calling four witnesses to testify. The Dec. 18 hearing will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Clarke County General District Court.

Winchester-based attorneys William Bassler and David Hensley have been appointed to serve as Wright’s legal counsel.

Wright remains held without bond on charges of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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