Capital murder trial to start in October
For the first time in 67 years, Loudoun County jurors will hear a capital murder case.
Robert E. Roy, 46, of Hedgesville, W.Va., will be tried in Loudoun County Circuit Court starting Oct. 24.
The trial is expected to last four days.
Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne will preside over the trial.
Roy is represented by defense attorney Joseph T. Flood.
Roy was indicted by a grand jury in November 2008 for the shooting death of Patrick Blair Hornbaker who was found May 21, 2001, in Hornbaker’s Route 9 home near the West Virginia line.
The defendant is accused of stealing a variety of items from Hornbaker’s home, including jewelry and prescription medication.
The case went cold for years until 2006 when a new investigator was assigned to the case. Authorities linked Roy as a suspect in the case in the summer of 2007.
Sheriff Steve Simpson said at the time of Roy’s Nov. 12, 2008, arrest that new information was brought to light that led investigators to him.
At the time of his arrest, Roy was incarcerated in the Mount Olive Correctional Center in West Virginia on other charges.
Roy’s capital murder trial was originally scheduled for Sept. 20, but was continued.
According to the Loudoun Times-Mirror archives, the last capital murder charge that went to trial was against William Clatterbuck in 1943.
Clatterbuck was convicted of killing the well-liked Love family, of Purcellville. He was executed in 1944.
– Staff Writer Jana Wagoner contributed to this report.