Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 15, 2013

Pizza Plus murder suspect indicted

TAZEWELL, Va. — A Virginia man facing charges including the 2009 murder of his parents has been indicted by the November session of the Tazewell County grand jury.

Christopher Dean Looney, 32, of Belfast, Va., was indicted on charges including capital murder — multiple victims and two counts of capital murder — robbery, according to the indictment list released today by the Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

Looney was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with the murder of his parents, 52-year-old Harvey Looney and 48-year-old Valerie Looney. The couple was found at their business, Pizza Plus in Claypool Hill, Va., the morning of March 30, 2009 when an employee arrived for work. Harvey Looney’s body was found outside the restaurant, and Valerie Looney was in the restaurant’s office.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive investigation for almost four years. Looney waived his preliminary hearing in October. He is currently being held at the Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell, Va.

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