Aidan Dawson would have turned 19 on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, another 19-year-old accused of killing him and his 24-year-old friend, Raymond Rodriguez, in 2017 learned that it will be another year before his case goes to trial.
In a brief hearing on Wednesday afternoon, Dylan McGlothlin, who’s charged with capital murder and other felonies in the shooting deaths, waived his right to a speedy trial and will face a jury beginning March 9, 2020. The trial is scheduled to last all week.
If McGlothlin is convicted of capital murder, he could face the death penalty.
Jailed since his arrest, the Max Meadows resident appeared in Wythe County Circuit Court on Wednesday with his attorneys for the sole purpose of setting a trial date.
The hearing was scheduled for 1 p.m. or afterward, but Judge Josiah Showalter Jr. moved it 12:30 p.m.
McGlothlin’s parents were apparently in court before the scheduled hearing but missed it as did an Enterprise reporter.
Deputies, who had to break up some verbal exchanges between attendees at McGlothlin’s September preliminary hearing, filled the lobby right after Wednesday’s hearing. There didn’t, though, appear to be any problems.
Although police have accused McGlothlin of being the triggerman, they have also charged two other men – 21-year-old Jared Stephens of Austinville and 20-year-old Hunter Armbrister of Max Meadows – in the slayings.
The suspects were arrested in December 2017 after Stephens led police to an abandoned farmhouse where they found Dawson, who had been reported missing, and Rodriguez’s bodies behind an outbuilding. Both had been shot once in the head with a .357 Magnum revolver.
The victims and suspects had been riding around together in a Jeep before the shootings, and one suspect told police that McGlothlin shot Dawson, then 17, and Rodriguez after pretending to make a drug deal at an abandoned farmhouse. Police have not released a possible motive in the slayings.
Charged with felony homicide, which carries a maximum punishment of 40 years in prison, and other crimes, Stephens is scheduled to enter a plea next week, but the case will likely be continued.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Jones said it wouldn’t make sense to try Stephens and Armbrister before McGlothlin, so their trials will also likely be held next year.
Although McGlothlin is being held without bond in a Salem jail, Stephens and Armbrister are jailed in Dublin.
Jeffrey Simmons can be reached at 228-6611, extension 19, or email@example.com.