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Case Moves Forward in Stigger Murder

March 14, 2011

Radford Commonwealth Attorney Chris Rehak stated in the preliminary hearing held Thursday that he is seeking indicment for capital murder rather than first-degree murder for 45 year-old Kenneth Allen Lytton.

Lytton is accused of killing the manager of the Papa John’s in Radford, Jason Levi Stigger, 27, also Lytton’s boss on the evening of October 21, 2010.

Stigger was found shot in the restraunt by a delivery driver. An undisclosed amount of cash was also reported stolen.

In addition to murder, Lytton is also facing charges of robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. In the state of Virginia it’s considered a capital offense if a murder is committed while in violation of a felony and  in Lytton’s case, robbery.

The grand jury will now have to decide whether or not there is enough evidence for a trial in circuit court.

The families of both Stigger and Lytton were present for the very brief hearing that lasted no more than five minutes. Lytton’s family was choked with tears when he was walked out in a solid red New River Valley Regional Jail jumpsuit and cuffs on both his hands and feet.  As for Stigger’s family they shared a few faint whispers amongst eachother and left quickly after they learned the case was moving forward.

If Lytton is found guilty in the case of a capital offense he will be sentenced to life in prison or the death penatly.

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