Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 30, 2013

Hearing in Tazewell County capital murder case continued until October

CLAYPOOL HILL, Va. — A preliminary hearing in the case of a Tazewell County man facing two counts of capital murder in connection with a double slaying at a Claypool Hill pizza parlor has been continued.

Christopher Dean Looney, the son of the late Valerie and Harvey Looney, is charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with their deaths.

The bodies of Valerie Looney, 48, and her husband of almost 29 years, Harvey Looney, 52, were discovered on the morning of March 30, 2009, by an employee who was coming to work at the Pizza Plus restaurant in Claypool Hill, Va. The Looneys managed the pizza restaurant. Valerie’s body was found in the office and Harvey’s body was found near a door outside the store.

The hearing has been continued until Friday, Oct. 18, according to the office of Commonwealth Attorney Dennis Lee.

The continuance was requested to provide more time for attorneys for Looney to review discovery information provided to them by the Commonwealth.


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