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Suspect in standoff to undergo mental evaluation

Defendants in two separate Fluvanna County shooting cases appeared in Circuit Court Monday (June 26). 

A grand jury returned true bills of indictment against Little Joe Roach, Jr., on multiple charges stemming from his arrest in April following a shooting in Scottsville that left one woman injured and led to an armed seven-hour standoff with law enforcement. 

David Randle, Roach’s attorney, asked Judge Richard Moore to order an evaluation of his client's "sanity and competency." 

The judge agreed to order the evaluation and set a hearing for Aug. 31 to examine the findings. 

Meanwhile, three men charged in a November 2016 burglary and shooting on Lake Monticello Road were also given arraignment dates for the coming weeks.

John Morton Abbitt, 36, will appear on Aug. 28. Attorney Lloyd Snook III told Moore that he believed this "is eventually going to be a guilty plea" for his client. He asked for the late August date to allow all the defendants in the case to stay somewhat coordinated. 

Attorneys for Dante J. Givens, 35, and Thomas A. Jackson, 36, were unable to appear in court but sent letters asking for arraignments to be set. Givens was ordered to appear on July 28 and Jackson on Aug. 18. 

A fourth defendant in the case, Gary N. Blowe, is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in General District Court Aug. 8.