A final verdict has been given in a Stokes County murder that happened two and a half years ago in King. On January 15, 2009, Jessica Nicole Walker Nash, 23, entered guilty pleas to one count of second degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to second-degree murder during Criminal Superior Court in Danbury.
The actual death investigation began on July 4, 2006. On that day, law enforcement and emergency responders discovered the body of William Shannon-Wade Nash, 23, at 213 Rock Haven Drive in King. Through autopsy results, the victim was found to have died from an excessive amount of heroin.
As a result of a lengthy investigation carried out by the Stokes County Sheriffs Department, with assistance by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, a charge of murder was originally issued on August 20, 2007 that resulted in the guilty pleas entered by the victims former wife.
The sentence handed down by the Honorable Judge Anderson Cromer sentenced the defendant to 196 months to 245 months in the Department of Corrections for second degree murder and 73 months to 97 months each for the two counts of conspiracy to second degree murder. The sentences were boxcar sentences, and the defendant received 16 months credit for time served.