Former coach one of 43 indicted

Evan Pelot, a former Louisa County High School assistant varsity baseball coach and teacher, was indicted July 15 by a grand jury for attempting to break into a Mineral house.

Pelot was arrested a week after the March 8 incident. He resigned his coaching position two days before the arrest.

The 34-year-old was charged with trying to enter the former home of a childhood friend. When he was confronted by the friend’s mother, he fled the scene, according to her testimony during a preliminary hearing in June.

Graven Craig, Pelot’s attorney, said at the hearing it’s unclear why his client would have tried to break into the house. The mother said that when she saw Pelot that day, he claimed to be looking for her son. She said in court that her son has not lived there for about three years.

Michael Rowe, who is accused of assault and battery on a police officer, was also indicted July 15.

Rowe, 32, was shot multiple times by a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputy on April 6 at Hillcrest Cemetery west of the town of Louisa. According to Virginia State Police, which investigated the case, Rowe was suicidal and lifted a knife and a gun toward the officer. The deputy fired his weapon after Rowe ignored commands to drop the weapons, police said.

Keith Saunders-Mallory, 18, was indicted on charges of breaking into a house on Buckner Road to commit robbery and doing so as part of a gang. Saunders-Mallory took part in the break-in as part of an effort to end his gang membership, according to the Louisa County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.

The three men were among 43 people indicted by a grand jury or through direct indictment by Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire in Louisa Circuit Court this week.

Pelot and Saunders-Mallory will make their next appearances in Louisa Circuit Court on July 24. Rowe’s arraignment is scheduled for July 26.