Indictments issued in arson and assault cases

Carroll Gay, 41, an Orange County man charged with stabbing two women in an alleged domestic assault and then burning down a home on Bibb Store Road on Sept. 9, was indicted for arson and on two counts of malicious wounding. 

The grand jury issued the indictment on Term Day at Louisa Circuit Court on Nov. 4.

The Bibb Store home that Gay allegedly burned dated to before the Civil War, according to the Louisa County Historical Society.

Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire also indicted two Georgia women, Melinda McDaniel, 31, and Cassandra Champion, 35. They are accused of robbing and assaulting a Holly Grove man after staying at his house. 

The incident took place after the victim let the two women into his home as guests. The case was initially heard in Louisa County General District Court at a preliminary hearing. 

The women were also previously charged with attempted carjacking. All charges were dropped after Judge Claiborne Stokes deemed the victim’s testimony to be “unreliable.”