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home accessible to her.Speight consistently denied a history of serious mental illness in a applications for concealed firearm permits filed in Appomattox County Circuit Court beginning in 1995. He stated on the most recent application, filed on Jan. 6 and granted on Jan. 15, that he had not received mental health treatment in a residential setting within five years.Sheriff O. Wilson Staples and Commonwealth Attorney Darrel Puckett signed off a section of the permit verifying Speight had no criminal convictions or pending charges.The application records show he had taken basic gun safety, pistol marksmanship and personal protection training courses.
By By Chris Dumond The Lynchburg News AdvanceAn attorney who worked for the family of an Appomattox man arrested in connection with the slaying of his sister, brother in law and six others said Thursday there may have been a tragic misunderstanding about a transfer of control over their home.In a phone interview from his Lynchburg office, attorney Henry Devening said he completed paperwork last week to transfer control of the Snapps Mill Road home and surrounding property to Christopher Speight after Puma Original
deed named Speight as trustee over the home and 34 acres at 3030 Snapps Mill Road. Devening said this and other property in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach was to be conveyed to Speight when the Giglios died.In 2007, though, Devening said, Speight had a mental breakdown and the trust was changed out of concern for his stability. A subsequent deed filed in October that year shows the Giglios named Lauralee Sipe and Devening as trustees.Thomas Giglio, Speight uncle who lives in South Boston, told the Associated Press Thursday that Speight hadn been right since his mother died of brain cancer in 2006.didn take it good at all, Giglio said in a phone interview. don think he ever reconciled it. Speight had lived at the home since 1993, according to court records. Sipe moved her family there with him in early 2009 from Georgia.Devening said Sipe came to him last week to transfer the trust back into her brother name.cautioned her about the transfer since his mental state was in question, Devening said. asked her how he was doing, and she said he was doing well. The lawyer said Sipe picked up the paperwork Thursday to file with the courts. He believes that with courts closed Friday and Monday, she may never have had a chance. A search of court records did not show it had been filed.Connie Anderson, co owner of the Sunshine Market II on Campbell Avenue in Lynchburg, said Wednesday that Speight worked there off and on as a security guard. She said Speight told her husband Saturday that he was upset about a dispute over the property.mind boggling, Devening said of rumors Speight was worried that Sipe was going to kick him off the land.But he also said Speight had a learning disability that kept him from understanding some of the legal documents they had worked on over the years, including Speight will.The lawyer said he was struck by the revelation Puma Trainers Wednesday that Speight had booby trapped the scene of the slayings. When he met with the family in 2007 to remove Speight as a trustee, he said, Sipe and family members told him Speight had talked about booby trapping his bedroom.wasn believed to have been true, though, Devening said. He described Speight as being fairly meek. Court records also show that Speight mother and grandmother Violet Giglio trusted him enough to grant him power of attorney over their affairs in 2005 and 2006, respectively.Devening said Sipe came to him to rename her brother as the trustee because he had helped to take care of his grandparents through the years and it was their wish that he inherit the land.Sipe told him the family also hoped the land would be a source of income for Speight because he struggled to hold a job due to a learning disability.The home was listed for sale in a 2009 Yahoo real estate ad while Sipe and Devening were trustees.John Giglio died in Marietta, Ga. in August 2008, according to his obituary. Violet Giglio, 100, still lives there, family spokesman Robert New said Thursday.New, the brother of Lauralee Sipe husband, said the family planned to move the centenarian Giglio to the Appomattox farm as well and had taken steps to make the Shoes Puma Man
it had temporarily been held by his sister, Lauralee Sipe, and Devening. An acquaintance, however, said Speight had been upset Saturday because he thought his sister was trying to kick him out of the house.Speight, 39, is accused in a shooting rampage that left eight dead Tuesday and sparked an overnight manhunt involving more than 150 law enforcement officers. He lived at the home with Sipe, her husband and two of their children, who were among the dead.He has been charged with first degree murder in his sister slaying.Also Thursday, funeral arrangements were announced Thursday for seven of the eight victims.A press release from the Appomattox County Sheriff Office Thursday evening said that investigators found amounts of ammunition and a collection of firearms including pistols, rifles and shotguns inside the home and on the property. They also found several improvised bombs that had to be blown up by state police.Caches of food, water and sleeping bags were found outside the home on the family land. Night vision equipment and body armor were found inside the house.A deed filed in Appomattox County Circuit Court and prepared by Devening showed that a trust was set up in May 2006 by Speight and Sipe grandparents, John and Violet Giglio. The Puma Original Sneakers
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