Carnival worker charged in Virginia serial slayings

Posted at 8:10 AM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 10:10:02-04

(WCYB/NBC News) A Virginia carnival worker has been charged in a series of killings.

James Michael Wright, 23, is accused of killing two women and a teenage girl in period of weeks spanning February and March.

The accusations came as a shock to residents of his tiny community of Mendota.

“This is an extraordinary event to happen to ordinary people,” says Mendota resident Helene Holbrook.

Investigators say Wright first fell under suspicion while they were investigating a missing persons case. Family members of 25-year-old Athina Hopson told police she was last seen when Wright picked her up on March 17th.

A search of his home and truck revealed Hopson’s phone, along with the belongings of another woman.

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