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UPDATE: Victim's Son Talks About Murder, Arson Indictment

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Linda Campbell Blackwell

Linda Campbell Blackwell

Oct. 2, 2013

UPDATED 6:35PM

A Lovingston woman is behind bars and accused of felony murder and arson, after a house fire that left a family friend dead.

James Shelton, Sr. died from injuries he sustained from a fire at a home on Creekview Lane in August of 2009. A special grand jury on Tuesday indicted Linda Campbell Blackwell for that house fire, as well as other crimes.

Shelton lived in the Blackwell family home in Nelson County at the time of the fire.

Shelton's son, James Shelton, Jr., says very few details have been shared about what happened that night.

"Through the entire process there were a lot of things that were kept secret dealing with the family where he perished in the fire and no cooperation, and it was very hard to deal with," said Shelton, Jr. "The questions that arose afterwards only gave me more determination to search out and want to know what the truth was."

He believes the indictments against Blackwell could help him get the answers he is looking for.

"Everybody dies, but when someone is taken away from you by unnatural causes, be it a fire or something else, there's a void there that's got to be filled," says Shelton, Jr. "The community still feels that loss, and the community in Nelson right now still wants answers...and we're hoping to get answers through this."

Blackwell's husband declined an interview Wednesday.

Neighbors say they have seen multiple fires at the property.

On Tuesday, Blackwell was also indicted for arson and unlawfully collecting insurance money from Allstate in connection with two separate house fires at the same property.

"You know, of course my heart goes out to the Blackwell family because they have one of their loved ones right now in jail and I feel for that, but also, we have to let evidence speak for itself and let justice be done," said Shelton, Jr.

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Oct. 2, 2013

A Lovingston woman has been indicted in connection with a deadly fire that happened more than 4-years ago.

A special grand jury in Nelson County indicted Linda Campbell Blackwell on multiple charges Tuesday, including murder and arson relating to a house fire on Creekview Lane back in August of 2009.

James Shelton, Sr. died from injuries sustained in that fire.

Blackwell was also indicted for arson and obtaining money by false pretenses in connection with two more house fires on the same property at Creekview Lane, one in February 2012 and the other in May 2013.

She is being held without bond in jail awaiting a hearing.


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