Taylor files notice of appeal

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, September 8, 2016

A 42-year-old man convicted of a November 2014 double murder on Roach’s Lane near Dillwyn has filed a notice of appeal with the Virginia Court of Appeals and Buckingham Circuit Court. The notice, which precedes an expected formal appeal, was filed late last month.

Gregory Anthony Taylor received two life sentences in prison when he was sentenced several weeks ago.

Buckingham Circuit Court Judge Donald Blessing convicted Taylor of capital murder of multiple persons, two counts of murder in the first degree, felony possession of a firearm and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony on April 29 in connection with the shooting and stabbing deaths of Radford Thomas Ranson, 65, and Kenneth Dean Beasley, 51, both of Dillwyn.

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Defense attorney Carey Bowen became Taylor’s counsel after sentencing.

“The notice of appeal was filed but the appeal itself won’t be filed until the trial transcript in its entirety is filed with the court,” Bowen said.

Taylor received life sentences for the capital murder of multiple persons and one of the first degree murder charges, and was sentenced to two years in prison for the felony possession of a firearm charge and three years on each count of use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges. For the capital murder charge of multiple persons, the judge set the life sentence without the possibility of parole.

According to Buckingham Commonwealth’s Attorney E.M. Wright Jr., Taylor shot Beasley once and stabbed him more than 20 times. He said Taylor cut Ranson several times as well, fatally wounding Ranson’s arm.