Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In Hindsight, Looks Like Webb's Aide Was Correct In Wanting To Arm Himself

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - Webb Aide Tried To Take Gun Into Senate Building, Capitol Police Say

"A top aide to Sen. James Webb was charged yesterday with trying to carry a loaded pistol and extra ammunition into a Senate office building, U.S. Capitol Police said."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Webb Aide Found Dead in Southwest Virginia

"Frederick Wayne Hutchins Jr., who headed up Sen. James Webb's Roanoke office, was found dead this morning alongside a highway in Botetourt County, according to the sheriff's office.
Hutchins, 26, had been active in numerous Democratic political campaigns and used to work for Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) before he went to work for Webb.
Ronnie N. Sprinkle, the Botetourt County sheriff, said in a statement his officers discovered Hutchins' body about 7 a.m. on an embankment next to a vehicle parked on the shoulder of southbound US 220 near Fincastle. (...)

Botetourt sheriff's Maj. Delbert Dudding was not able to say whether the incident was a suicide or the result of foul play.
"Any time you get a gunshot wound, you work it all the way until you can rule anything out," he said, adding that for now he simply considers it "an unnatural death."


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