Christy McGlothlin

Indicted April 15 on a drug possession charge, Christy McGlothlin is brought to the Wythe County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday morning after her arrest.

The mother of capital murder suspect Dylan McGlothlin was arrested Wednesday morning as part of a drug roundup conducted by the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

Christy McGlothlin, 43, was among approximately 40 people picked up on more than 100 sealed indictments handed down by a Wythe County grand jury on April 15.

Arrested at her home in Fort Chiswell at about 10:40 a.m., McGlothlin was charged with one count of possessing cocaine. Maj. Anthony Cline said the arrest stemmed from a search warrant executed at the McGlothlin home in 2017 as police were investigating the shooting deaths of 17-year-old Aidan Dawson and 24-year-old Raymond Rodriguez.

He said the cocaine was found in the living room and McGlothlin admitted to using it. Investigators waited to arrest McGlothlin until after laboratory tests confirmed that the drug was cocaine, the major said, adding it can take more than a year to get results.

With no prior criminal record, McGlothlin is free on a $2,000 bond.

McGlothlin’s son, Dylan, is charged with capital murder and other felonies in the shooting deaths. His case is slated for trial beginning March 9, 2020. Two other suspects in the slayings, Hunter Armbrister and Jared Stephens, are also awaiting trial.

In April 2018, Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan said that the suspects and victims were involved with drugs in one way or another. Armbrister and Stephens are accused of distributing cocaine.

“It was a fairly substantial amount of cocaine,” Dunagan said. “In the course of the investigation, we learned a lot of cocaine was being trafficked by these kids. All of them were involved in some way, some major, some minor.”

Also during Wednesday’s roundup, deputies arrested a fugitive from Ashe County, North Carolina, who had been living in the gazebo and bushes at St. John’s Episcopal Church for about a month. Veronica Marie Bishop, 40, was wanted on a felony probation violation stemming from a credit card fraud charge, Cline said.

The major said Bishop gave him three false names, dates of birth and social security numbers before admitting she was wanted in North Carolina.

Deputies encountered Bishop in an apartment above the Summit Cosmetology School when they went to the apartment to make an arrest, Cline said.

To reach Millie Rothrock, call 228-6611, ext. 35, or email

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