ABINGDON, Va. — A court hearing for a Mendota man charged with three counts of capital murder has been reset for one week, according to Washington County Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Cumbow.

James Michael Wright, 23, was scheduled to appear in a Washington County courtroom on Tuesday with his attorneys, including members of the capital defender’s office in Roanoke. The office represents indigent individuals, such as Wright, in Virginia capital cases. Cumbow said not all of Wright’s attorneys were able to be present Tuesday, so the case was rescheduled to June 18.

Wright, who has also been charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and concealing a body, is also represented by Abingdon attorney Barry Proctor, who died unexpectedly this week. Cumbow said it is not yet known how the case will proceed following Proctor’s death. He noted that only a couple of attorneys in Abingdon handle capital cases.

Wright has been charged in the deaths of Elizabeth Marie Vanmeter, 22, of Elizabethton, Tennessee; Joslyn M. Alsup, 17, Georgia; and Athina Hopson, 25, of Johnson City, Tennessee. 

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