Motions aside, Hooper trial still scheduled for June 21-25

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

LANCASTER—A Norfolk judge denied one motion and delayed action on another in an ongoing case related to the death of an Atlanta man.

Graham McCormick was found drowned as result of trauma sustained in a boating accident in Carter Creek at the end of Weems Road in August 2017. His friend, John Randolph “Rand” Hooper of Richmond, has been charged with three felonies—including murder—in connection with his death and is scheduled to stand trial in late June in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Judge Charles Poston denied a motion by the defense to drop the murder charge on Wednesday, April 21, in Lancaster County Circuit Court and delayed ruling on a request by special prosecutor Matthew Kite for the admissibility of evidence regarding a prior driving under the influence of alcohol conviction.

Kite, King William County’s Commonwealth’s Attorney, was appointed to the case in September 2020. Following his appointment….

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