Caudill Opts For Jury Trial

The North Carolina man charged with the attempted murder of two Virginia State Police officers will go on trial next year after he decided against taking a plea agreement Tuesday morning.

Dustin Caudill, 32, of Statesville, N.C., faces three counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of armed robbery, five counts of use of a firearm in felony, nonviolent felon in possession of a firearm, and felony eluding of police from an incident on May 29.

Caudill allegedly robbed two individuals in a work vehicle off the Fancy Hill exit on Interstate 81 at gunpoint, leading to a high-speed pursuit by state police that ended near downtown Lexington. During the pursuit, Caudill allegedly shot at the troopers from his vehicle with a pistol.

Caudill appeared in court Tuesday for a scheduled hearing where he was expected to enter a guilty plea. He ultimately turned down the agreement in request of a formal jury trial.

Caudill is scheduled to return for a trial beginning Feb. 24, 2020.

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