Grand jury returns true bill indicting Tazewell, Va. man for capital murder

SHAUN WAKEFIELD - (Courtesy of the Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell, Va.)

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A Tazewell County grand jury returned a true bill against a man accused in a capital murder case from back in March.

According to a news release, a grand jury indicted Shaun Matthew Wakefield, 33, of Tazewell, Va., on one count of capital murder, one count of grand larceny of a motor vehicle and one count of concealing a dead body.

Wakefield was arrested on March 29 for the murder of Danielle Louise Pruett. Pruett went missing on March 17.

Danielle Pruett
Danielle Pruett

Her body was discovered just off of Route 720 near Bluefield, Va. following an extensive search.

According to the release, a preliminary autopsy reported showed that Pruett had suffered injuries that were consistent with blunt force trauma.

Wakefield is currently being held without bond at the Southwest Regional Jail in Abingdon, Va.

At the time of the murder, Wakefield was on bond for a felony charge of larceny and charged with altering a drug screen on March 18, which are both scheduled to be heard in Tazewell County General District Court.

He is also on probation for convictions out of Alexandria, Va. for burglary, larceny, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and drug charges.

“Based on the continuing investigation surrounding the brutal murder of Danielle Pruett, a young mother of three children, I believe the circumstances of this killing more than justifies our decision to charge Wakefield with capital murder,” Michael L. Dennis, Commonwealth’s Attorney, said. “Wakefield is now facing the death penalty.

According to the news release, Wakefield was appointed capital defense team with lead counsel Steven P. Milani from Roanoke, Va.

His first hearing was scheduled for Dec 7 in Tazewell County Circuit Court.

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